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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 35. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Chaplain Matthew O'Keefe of Mahone's Brigade. (search)
hout ever again seeing the city he so dearly loved. Defied General Butler. One Sunday during the Civil War, while engaged in instructildren, Father O'Keefe received the following telegram from General Benjamin Butler: General Butler sends his compliments to Father O'KeefeGeneral Butler sends his compliments to Father O'Keefe and desires to know if he prays for the Federal authorities at the vesper service. Father O'Keefe's reply is characteristic. He wrote the following on the back of General Butler's note: Father O'Keefe does not return his compliments to General Butler. I do not pray for the FGeneral Butler. I do not pray for the Federal authorities at the vesper service, nor do I intend to do so. Furthermore, I never heard of such a thing. Of course, it was thought b every one that on the receipt of the reply from Father O'Keefe General Butler would immediately order his arrest. However, he did not. Years afterwards General Butler and Father O'Keefe met, and the interchange of telegrams between them was referred to. I would have arrested you