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Vindication of Major General John C. Fremont : Against the Attacks of the Slave Power and Its Allies (Classic Reprint) epub

Vindication of Major General John C. Fremont : Against the Attacks of the Slave Power and Its Allies (Classic Reprint) epub

Vindication of Major General John C. Fremont : Against the Attacks of the Slave Power and Its Allies (Classic Reprint) by John Peter Clever Shanks

Vindication of Major General John C. Fremont : Against the Attacks of the Slave Power and Its Allies (Classic Reprint)
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Author: John Peter Clever Shanks
Page Count: 24 pages
Published Date: 27 Sep 2015
Publisher: Forgotten Books
Publication Country: United States
Language: English
Type: eBook
ISBN: 9781331178217
File size: 25 Mb
Download Link: Vindication of Major General John C. Fremont Against the Attacks of the Slave Power and Its Allies (Classic Reprint)
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Excerpt from Vindication of Major General John C. Fremont: Against the Attacks of the Slave Power and Its Allies The House being in Committee of the Whole on the state of the Union - Mr. Shanks said: Mr. Chairman: It is with feelings of much anxiety that I arise, under the peculiar circumstances which surround me, to address this House on the subjects before it. My purpose is to call the attention of the committee to some of the matters contained in the "Report in part" of the committee on contracts, of which the gentleman from New York [Mr. Van Wyck] is chairman, only, however, so far as they relate to General John C. Fremont, and then only to a part of those at this time, as I intend, if possible, to take those subjects in detail when that report and accompanying resolutions may come before us. This "Report in part" was made on the 17th day of December, and has been sent from this House to all parts of the country. Its consideration has been deferred from time to time, until some ten days ago it passed from its character of a special order to a special privilege in the hands of the committee. The country has had the charges for over two months, and yet not a word of defence from those whose characters have been challenged on testimony taken without notice to them. But since I am compelled to speak in Committee of the Whole, I shall take the privilege thus offered me to draw attention to matters of more general importance to the country, as connected with him of whom I shall speak to-day, still hoping that the time may come when the matters named in the report to which I have referred shall be well known to the House and the country. The only subject among the several named by the committee, touching the administrative character of General Fremont, which they think worthy to ask special action by the House upon, is in relation to the purchase by him, as commander of the Western Department, for service in his cavalry, of 5,000 new cast-steel breech-loading Hall's carbines, of Simon Stevens for the sum of $22 apiece. This pattern of arm was approved years ago, and adopted as a Government weapon; and I learn that a manufactory for its fabrication was established at Harper's Ferry, Va. A copy of the army regulations of 1835 now before me gives the cost in detail of this arm for material and manufacture at $21; they were then smooth bored. On the 6th day of June, 1861, General Ripley, chief of the ordnance bureau, of this Government, claiming to act under an order from the War Department, which very order the committee say his bureau recommended, sold to a Mr. Eastman 5,400 of these arms for the sum of $3 50 each - just one-sixth their original cost to the Government. Eastman had proposed to Ripley for an average of $1 apiece, to chamber and rifle these carbines in the style of the latest improved arm, but Ripley refused it, and got the order on the recommendation of his own department, and sold them as above stated. General Fremont, sorely pressed for arms, having none for his cavalry, and his entire command in need of early organization, wholly neglected by the Government, as I will abundantly prove as I go along, received by telegraph from Stevens the following despatch: New York, August 5, 1861. I have 5,000 Hall's rifled cast-steel carbines, breech-loading, new, at twenty-two dollars, government standard, 58-100 bore. Can I hear from you? Simon Stevens. J. C. Fremont. Maj. Gen., Com'g Dep't of the West, Cairo, Ill. To which the following is an answer: Headquarters Western Department, St. Louis, August 6, 1861. I will take the whole 5,000 carbines. See agent Adams' Express, and send by express; not fast freight. I will pay all extra charges. Send also ammunition. Devote yourself solely to that business to-day.

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