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The Story of a Connoneer Under Stonewall Jackson by Edward A. Moore

The Story of a Connoneer Under Stonewall Jackson by  Edward A. Moore
Chapter I
Washington College Lexington — Virginia Military Institute
At the age of eighteen I was a member of the Junior Class at Washington College at Lexington, Virginia, during the session of 1860-61, and with the rest of the students was more interested in the foreshadowings of that ominous period than in the teachings of the professors. Among our number there were a few from the States farther south who seemed to have been born secessionists, while a large majority of the students were decidedly in favor of the Union.
Our president, the Rev. Dr. George Junkin, who hailed from the North, was heart and soul a Union man, notwithstanding the fact that one of his daughters was the first wife of Major Thomas J. Jackson, who developed into the world-renowned "Stonewall" Jackson. Another daughter was the great Southern poetess, Mrs. Margaret J. Preston, and Dr. Junkin' s son, Rev. W. F. Junkin, a most lovable ma…

Reminiscences of a Rebel by Wayland Fuller Dunaway

Reminiscences of a Rebel by Wayland Fuller Dunaway
Chapter I
"Lay down the axe; fling by the spade; Leave in its track the toiling plow; The rifle and the bayonet-blade For arms like yours were fitter now; And let the hands that ply the pen Quit the light task, and learn to wield The horseman's crooked brand, and rein The charger on the battle field." —Bryant.
IN the fall of the year 1860, when I was in my nineteenth year, I boarded the steamboat Virginia,—the only one then running on the Rappahannock river,—and went to Fredericksburg on my way to the University of Virginia. It was my expectation to spend two sessions in the classes of the professors of law, John B. Minor and James P. Holcombe, and then, having been graduated, to follow that profession in Lancaster, my native county. 
The political sky had assumed a threatening aspect. The minds of the Southern people had been inflamed by the insurrectionary raid of John Brown upon Harper's Ferry, especially because it had…

Judah Philip Benjamin

The American Hebrew & Jewish Messenger: The National Jewish Weekly
Judah Philip Benjamin
BUT head and shoulders above any Jew who ever lived in this country stood Judah Philip Benjamin. His life reads like one long romance. His parents were on their way to the United States when their vessel, being intercepted by an English man-of-war (our second war with England) put into the Island of St. Croix. Here, on English territory, Benjamin drew his first breath. The family moved to Wilmington, thence to Fayetteville, N. C., whence young Judah was sent to Yale. After graduation he settled in New Orleans and took up the practice of law. His rise at the bar was rapid, and' his fame as a lawyer soon became national. About this time the Government retained him as counsel in the Lower California land case, for which he received a fee of $25,000, the largest ever paid in this country up to that time. So general was the recognition of his legal talents that President Pierce offered him a seat…

War Stories and School-Day Incidents For the Children by B. M. Zettler

War Stories and School-Day Incidents For the Children by B. M. Zettler
Chapter XI Prisoners at Sherman’s Headquarters
The following unique Incident will, I'm sure, prove interesting to many of my readers, though it is given chiefly for the benefit of my own children. Before they were old enough to appreciate fully the inherent gentleness, sweet disposition, and rare good judgment of the devoted wife and mother from whom we often heard it, her lips were forever closed. But in the novel and trying position which the incident describes, they will see these qualities strikingly displayed, and will hold the story as a tribute to her memory.
When Sherman's army reached the vicinity of Savannah the cavalry captured, near the Ogeechee River bridge, the last outgoing train on what was then called the Atlantic and Gulf Railroad. On this train as passengers were Mr. R. R. Cuyler, the aged president of the Central Railroad and two young ladies, Miss Guyton and Miss Cotton, who had "refugee…

Return of the Bethel Heroes by Miss Alice Campbell

Return of the Bethel Heroes by  Miss Alice Campbell
IN SEARCHING through the storehouse of memory, I find a few relics which may prove a pastime to those who care to puruse them. I scarcely know where to begin, as so many incidents crowd in upon me.
In the early part of '61 when the war clouds were hanging thick and dark about us, and the clarion notes "To Arms! To Arms!" were sounding throughout our dear Southland, every available man felt it his duty to protect his home and fireside, and made ready to leave business and loved ones, and cast his fortunes for weal or for woe, to fight for liberty and sacred honor. The women were brave and indefatigable in their efforts to do all that was possible to help in the cause that was so dear to their hearts. Mothers gave their sons, wives their husbands, sisters their dearly loved brothers, to say nothing of friends innumerable. Our Military Companies, the honored old "Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry" with their mo…

A Pictorial History of Arkansas: From Earliest Times to the Year 1890 by Fay Hempstead

A Pictorial History of Arkansas: From Earliest Times to the Year 1890 by  Fay Hempstead
Chapter XVI. 1861.
The Administration of Governor Henry M. Rector—The Ordinance of Secession.
The opening of the year 1861 found the country in a state of great excitement, but friends of the Union had not abandoned hope that a peaceful settlement of existing difficulties, honorable alike to both sides, might be arrived at. In the Senate, John J. Crittenden, of Kentucky, strove to fill the part of Mr. Clay in times gone by, in bringing forward a compromise measure, about the same as the  original Missouri compromise of 1820, which he proposed as a constitutional amendment. There was a strong feeling in the North in favor of the adoption of this measure, and letters and petitions in great numbers were presented from that section in favor of it. Leading Southern Representatives favored it; but when the subject came to a vote, the entire strength of the Northern Delegates was cast against it, and so the mea…