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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 2: preliminary rebellious movements. (search)
ation of false teachings. There were exceptions, however — noble exceptions; and there were those among influential newspaper conductors, like the heroic Parson Brownlow, of Knoxville, East Tennessee, now (1865) Governor of that State, who could never be brought to bend the knee a single line to Baal nor to Moloch; but stood bravely erect until consumed, as it were, at the stake of martyrdom. For an account of Dr. Brownlow's sufferings at the beginning of the war, see his work, entitled, Sketches of the Rise, Progress, and Decline of Secession ; wit a Narrative of Personal Adventures among the Rebels. G. W. Childs. 1862. So with the pulpit. It wastensively occupied by men identified socially and pecuniarily with the slave system. These men, with the awful dignity of ambassadors of Christ-vicegerents W. G. Brownlow. of the Almighty — declared Slavery to be a divine institution, and that the fanatics of the Free-labor States who denounced it as wrong and sinful were infi
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 7: Secession Conventions in six States. (search)
e Mobile, and Fort Morgan, at the entrance to the harbor of Mobile, about thirty miles below the city. The expedition to seize the Mount Vernon Arsenal was commanded by Captain Danville Leadbetter, of the United States Engineer Corps, and a native of the State of Maine. This man appears to have been one of the most fiendish of the persecutors of Union men in Alabama and East Tennessee, at the beginning of the civil war. His atrocious conduct in East Tennessee is darkly portrayed by Governor Brownlow, in his Sketches of the Rise, Progress, and Decline of Secession, page 311. For this purpose the Governor made him his special aid, with the rank of colonel. He left Mobile on the steamer Selma, at near midnight of the 3d of January, 1861. with four companies of volunteers, and at dawn surprised Captain Reno, who was in command of the Arsenal. By this seizure, the Alabama insurgents came into possession of fifteen thousand stand of arms, one hundred and fifty thousand pounds of powd
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 16: Secession of Virginia and North Carolina declared.--seizure of Harper's Ferry and Gosport Navy Yard.--the first troops in Washington for its defense. (search)
een the State of Tennessee and the United States of America ; and also an Ordinance for the adoption of the Constitution of the Provisional Government of the Confederate States. This action was kept secret for several days. When the intrepid Brownlow (see page 88) heard of it, he denounced it vehemently in his journal, the Knoxville Whig. The deed is done, and a black deed it is, he said. The Legislature of Tennessee, in secret session, passed an Ordinance of Secession, voting the State out of the votes cast in favor of Separation in East Tennessee were illegal, having been given by soldiers of the insurgent army, who had no right to vote anywhere. See Sketches of the Rise. Progress, and Decline of Secession, et coetera: by W. G. Brownlow, now (1865) Governor of Tennessee, page 222. All through the war that ensued East Tennessee remained loyal, but at the cost of fearful suffering, as we shall observe hereafter. Thus Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee, by the treasonab