s sc densely packed that they could not move; but I never failed to secure a front seat.
I grew well acquainted — that is, by sight — with the party leaders, and recall, among others, Seward and Douglas and Breckenridge, Davis and Toombs and Benjamin, in the Senate; Sherman and Stevens, Logan and Vallandigham, Pryor and Keitt, Bocock and Barksdale, and Smith, of Virginia, in the House.
It became intensely interesting to me to observe the part some of these men played later in the great drama: Seward as the leading figure of Lincoln's Cabinet; Davis as President of the Southern Confederacy; Benjamin, Toombs, and Breckenridge as members of his Cabinet, the two latter also as generals whom I have more than once seen commanding troops in battle; Black Jack Logan,--hottest of all the hotspurs of the extreme Southern wing of the Democratic party in the House in 1860,--we all know where he was from 1861 to 1865; and glorious old Extra Billy Smith, soldier and governor by turns; Barksdale
Barksdale, Thomas, 149
Barksdale, William: before the war, 26, 28-29; during the war, 64,95, 129, 131-33, 179; troops of, 26, 64- 65, 68-71, 95, 97, 128-33, 138-39, 144, 176, 179, 223, 261, 292-93.
Barnes, Beau, 252-53.
Barrett, ............ (orderly), 260-61, 270
Battle fatigue, 77
Battlefield tours, 92-94, 107
Bayonets used in action, 333
Beauregard, Pierre Gustave Toutant, 208, 242, 274, 309
Beers, James H., 37-44, 150, 154, 181, 183
Bell, John, 25
Benjamin, Judah Philip, 26, 40
Beulah Church, Va., 270, 272
Big Bethel, Va., 44-45.
Blount, ........... 321,330
Bocock, Thomas Stanhope, 26-27.
Boonsborough, Md., 66
Botts, John Minor, 31-32.
Bowling Green, Va., 266
Brandon, Lane William, 115, 130, 292
Brandon, William Lindsay, 115-16, 130
Bravery, standards of, 115-17, 194, 245-46.
Breathed, James, 53
Breckinridge, James Cabell, 26, 308
Bridgeport, Conn., 37
Bristoe Station, 228
Brookin, ........... 329
Brown, Francis Henr
had, in which free rein was given to the expression of opinion, and the reopening of the slave trade was advocated.
Finally, on Friday, the 22d, the majority report was adopted, and the places of most of the seceders, who were unseated, were filled by Douglas men. Then there was another secession of delegates from the slave-labor States, and on the following morning Mr. Cushing and a majority of the Massachusetts delegation also withdrew.
We put our withdrawal before you, said Mr. Butler (Benjamin F.) of that delegation, upon the simple ground, among others, that there has been a withdrawal, in part, of a majority of the States, and, further (and that, perhaps, more personal to myself), upon the ground that I will not sit in a convention where the African slave trade — which is piracy by the laws of my country — is approvingly advocated.
Gov. David Tod, of Ohio, was then called to the chair in place of Cushing, retired, and the convention proceeded to ballot for a Presidential candi
prived of every comfort, they were subjected to the vile ribaldry of the guards, and constantly threatened with death by hanging.
Acting upon the suggestions of Benjamin, men charged with bridge-burning, and confined with Brownlow, were hanged, and their bodies were left suspended as a warning.
In the midst of these fiery trials without a legal trial and conviction.
They offered him life and liberty if he would take the oath of allegiance to the Confederacy.
He refused with scorn.
To Benjamin he wrote: You are reported to have said to a gentleman in Richmond that I am a bad man, and dangerous to the Confederacy, and that you desire me out of it. Just give me my passport, and I will do for your Confederacy more than the devil has ever done — I will quit the country.
Benjamin soon afterwards indicated a wish that Brownlow should be sent out of the Confederacy, only, he said, because color is given to the suspicion that he has been entrapped.
He was finally released, and sent