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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Poetry and Incidents., Volume 7. (ed. Frank Moore) 8 0 Browse Search
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Anecdote of Gen. Butler. The following story is told of Gen. Butler: I will not go back to New-Orleans, says the General, unless I can have more troops. Why can't you give me more? We haven't them to give, replied Mr. Lincoln. Then why don't you raise more — put the draft upon New-York — raise that forty thousand who should Gen. Butler: I will not go back to New-Orleans, says the General, unless I can have more troops. Why can't you give me more? We haven't them to give, replied Mr. Lincoln. Then why don't you raise more — put the draft upon New-York — raise that forty thousand who should have been raised in that State last fall? Mr. Seymour says it will not do to draft in New-York, answers Mr. Lincoln. Then I would draft Seymour! asserts Butler. 't you give me more? We haven't them to give, replied Mr. Lincoln. Then why don't you raise more — put the draft upon New-York — raise that forty thousand who should have been raised in that State last fall? Mr. Seymour says it will not do to draft in New-York, answers Mr. Lincoln. Then I would draft Seymour! asserts Butle
Aboiu Ben Butler. Abou Ben Butler (may his tribe increase!) Awoke one night down by the old Belize, And saw, outside the comfort of his room, Making it warmer for the gathering gloom, A black man shivering in the winter's cold. Exceeding courage made Ben Butler bold, And to the presence in the dark he said: “What wantest thou?” The figure raised its head, And with a look made of all sad accord Answered: “The men who'll serve the purpose of the Lord.” “And am! one?” said Butler. “Nay, not so,” Replied the black man. Butler spoke more low, But cheerily still, and said: “As I am Ben, You'll not have cause to tell me that again.” The figure bowed and vanished. The next night It came once more, environed strong in light, And showed the names whom love of freedom blessed, And lo! Ben Butler's nam