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Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 18: why I was relieved from command. (search)
e words:--Chaplain Hudson will go north on business for the commanding general. I said: The general had no right to order you out of my department. On what business did you go on the 28th of May? I went to New York to superintend the printing of a book which Van Nostrand & Co. are printing for General Gillmore. What book? A history of the siege of Charleston. That is private business, said I, a private enterprise. Do you mean to say that you, a minister of the religion of Jesus Christ, having charge of all the souls of your regiment, left them, in the face of the enemy, to go off on a private enterprise in this way, remaining away four months, while you are drawing pay from the United States? He did not reply to that. I then said: You heard of General Gillmore being relieved from command here you then had no further business with him. Why did you not come back then? General, said he, I am a bereaved man; I have been watching by the bedside of my dying child.
ur cruel adversaries; convince them of the unrighteousness of their cause; and if they still persist in their sanguinary purposes, oh! let the voice of thine own unerring justice, sounding in their hearts, constrain them to drop their weapons of war from their unnerved hands in the day of battle. Be thou present, 0 God of wisdom; and direct the councils of this honorable assembly! enable them to settle things on the best and surest foundation, that the scene of blood may be speedily closed; that order, harmony, and peace may be effectually restored, and truth and justice, religion and piety prevail and flourish among thy people. Preserve the health of their bodies and the vigor of their minds; shower down upon them and the millions they here represent such temporal blessings as thou seest expedient for them in this world, and crown them with everlasting glory in the world to come. All this we ask in the name and through the merits of Jesus Christ, thy Son and our Saviour. Amen!
s it stood, but tempered so the phrases That scarce at first she guessed the worst — kept back the fatal word, And told twice over of his shout, his charge, his comrades' praises, And then — the end: till she — a statue!--neither spoke nor stirred! Oh! never yet a woman's heart was broken so completely! So unbaptized with helpful tears! so passionless and dumb! She stood there in her agony, till little Madge asked sweetly: “Dear mother, when the battle ends, then will my father come?” I laid my finger on her lips, and led her to her playing. Poor Blanche I the winter on her cheek grew snowy as her name! What could she do but kneel, and pray, and linger at her praying? O Christ! when other heroes die, moan other wives the same? Must other women's hearts yet break, to keep the Cause from failing? God pity our brave lovers then, who face the battle's blaze! And pity wives made widows now! Shall all be unavailing? O Lord! give Freedom first, then Peace I and to Thy Name th
or treason hung because he struck at treason's root, When soon Palmetto-tree had ripened treason's fruit, His dust disquieted stirred at Sumter's last salute-- His Soul is marching on. Who rides in heaven to battle, a flame of fire His sword? Behind him march the Army of Martyrs to the Word, The wine-press of His wrath is trodden by the Lord. His Soul is marching on. “Thou soul the altar under, white-robed by martyrdom Thy cry, How long, 0 Lord? no longer finds me dumb; Come forth!” calls Christ, “the year of my redeemed is come.” His Soul is marching on. “And ye, on earth my Army! tread down God's grapes, till blood Unto your horses' bridles hath out the wine-press flowed! The day of vengeance dawns — the day of wrath of God.” His Soul is marching on. The pitcher now of compromise away is thrown, The lamp of faith flames out, and by its light is drawn The sword of the Lord, and of Old John Brown. His Soul is marching on. Then strike! Jehovah shall His sword with victory c
heart's deep core. The same great God still reigns in heaven above That reigned when all earth's victories have been won; His grace doth still extend both peace and love, As in the days of our own Washington. Oh! for the words to curse this Union's foe, Whose blighting hand on happiness is laid; May peace and freedom now give place to woe, And each black heart see all its fond hopes fade. May all earth's joys but mock their eager sight, Be phantoms which dissolve themselves in air; May they through blackened darkness see the light, Which cannot burst upon their souls' despair. The fallen brave! they need no “sculptured stone” To laud their fame throughout this nation wide-- Enshrined in loyal hearts their deeds alone Shall be Columbia's boast, Columbia's pride. Though Southern winds their solemn requiems sigh, And Southern stars watch o'er their lonely graves; Their souls have joined the army up on high, With Christ who giveth victory to the brave. Newport, Ky., April 24, 186
e God of heaven and earth preserve and keep you from all foreign and inland enemies, and bless and prosper this plantation to the enlargement of the kingdom of Jesus Christ, to whose merciful protection I commend you and all your associates there, known or unknown. And so, till my next, which shall be (God willing) by our ships, nner and form following; that is to say,-- I bequeath my soul into the hands of the Almighty God, trusting, by the merits of the death and passion of our Lord Jesus Christ only, to obtain remission of all my sins. My body, when it shall please God to separate it from my soul, I recommend to the earth, in assured confidence of t a steward thereof; therefore humbly entreat the Almighty to enable me so to demean myself in disposing thereof as that I may, through his mercy in the merits of Christ, be always prepared to give a comfortable account of my stewardship. I do hereby order, in the first place, that all sure debts as are, any manner of way, jus
ble, the writer of this alone survives. The closing sickness of the patriot was neither long nor full of pain. He bore it with calm acquiescence; and spoke of it with gratitude, as affording him an opportunity for reviewing his career, and for striking the balance in life's great ledger. He said to his cousin: My case is beyond physicians. I have received my orders: I am ready to march. The lamp of religion was within him trimmed and burning, and he believed that his life was hid with Christ in God. Never has there died among us a man so widely known, so highly honored, so truly beloved, or so deeply lamented. His printed compositions were few. The first public oration delivered by him was printed with this title, An Oration delivered to the Society of the Cincinnati, in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: July 4, 1787. By John Brooks, Esq. This is just such an oration as a sensible and patriotic officer, fresh from the fields of conquest, would deliver to his fellow-officer
God, or to perform any spiritual duty, unless Christ shall enable thereunto), in humble dependence ubmit ourselves to the discipline and power of Christ in the church, and duly to attend the seals and censures, or whatever ordinances Christ has commanded to be observed by his people, so far as the e free mercy of God, and upon the merits of Jesus Christ; and wherein we fail to wait upon him for p saints, and unworthy the name of a teacher of Christ, to settle with you in the work of the evangelon and receive to favor sinners who believe in Christ, though in themselves they are infinitely guilty and undeserving; that this faith in Christ is not a bare speculative assent of the understanding They deemed loyalty to truth and obedience to Christ paramount to all earthly and personal considerr Plato, neither for Paul nor Apollos, but for Christ. His faith in the divine authority of the Bibry to a Christian, especially to a minister of Christ. While the subject of this notice was a gr[17 more...]
d by those who hunger and thirst after God and Christ and truth and righteousness; who will labor foharacter of man, the divinity and atonement of Christ, regeneration, and others allied to these. down in the gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The following is the closing extract ohem on to more perfect trust and confidence in Christ. During this year also, and under his specialthus to unite yourselves with the followers of Christ. Having been duly examined and propounded, y of the human heart, that no man will come to Christ until he is renewed by the special agency of t, baptism, and a public profession of faith in Christ; that the ordinances of baptism and the Lord's and that you will submit to the discipline of Christ in his house, and to the regular administrationd sisters in the Lord. And now, beloved in Christ, remember that the vows of God are upon you, awship, advice, and assistance which the law of Christ requires. It will extend the usual rights of [4 more...]
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