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Eliza Frances Andrews, The war-time journal of a Georgia girl, 1864-1865, V. In the dust and ashes of defeat (may 6-June 1, 1865). (search)
alisbury. I am glad he gave them something so good to remember him by. Poor Garnett is suffering very much from his arm. He is confined to bed, threatened with fever, and we can't get proper food for him. We have nothing but ham, ham, ham, every day, and such crowds of company in the house, and so many lunches to furnish, that even the ham has to be husbanded carefully. It is dreadful to think what wretched fare we have to set before the charming people who are thrown upon our hospitality. Ham and cornfield peas for dinner one day, and cornfield peas and ham the next, is the tedious menu. Mother does her best by making Emily give us every variation on peas that ever was heard of; one day we have pea soup, another, pea croquettes, then baked peas and ham, and so on, through the whole gamut, but alas! they are cornfield peas still, and often not enough of even them. Sorghum molasses is all the sweetening we have, and if it were not for the nice home-made butter and milk, and fathe
iver lands, the noble Jeems rushed by with an unsavory and dingy current, that might have shamed the yellow Tiber and rivaled the Nile itself. Sometimes the weary and worn patriot took his whisky and mud, thick enough to demand a fork; and for days The water is muddy and dank As ever a company pumped. The outskirts of Richmond are belted by bold crests, near enough together to form a chain of natural forts. These were now fortifying; the son of wealth, the son of Erin and the son of Ham laboring in perspiration and in peace side by side. Later these forts did good turn, during cavalry raids, when the city was uncovered and the garrison but nominal. Gamble's hill, a pretty but steep slope, cuts the river west of the bridge. Rising above its curves, from the Capitol view-point, are the slate-roofed Tredegar Works; their tall chimneys puffing endless black smoke against the sunshine, which reflects it, a livid green, upon the white foam of the rapids. So potent a factor
, Yes, that is so. Now it is a common law of mankind, said I, that one raised into prominence is expected to recognize the force that lifts him, or, if from a pinch, the force that lets him out. The Czar Nicholas was once attacked by an assassin; a kindly hand warded off the blow and saved his life. The Czar hunted out the owner of that hand and strewed his pathway with flowers through life. The Emperor Napoleon III. had hunted out everybody who even tossed him a biscuit in his prison at Ham and has made him rich. Here is Judge Davis, whom you know to be in every respect qualified for this position, and you ought in justice to yourself and public expectation to give him this place. We had an earnest pleasant forenoon, and I thought I had the best of the argument, and I think he thought so too. I left him and went to Willard's Hotel to think over the interview, and there a new thought struck me. I therefore wrote a letter to Mr. Lincoln and returned to the White House. Gett
be greatly extended, that he should dwell in the tents of Shem, and Canaan should be his servant. Wonderfully has the prophecy been fulfilled; and here, in our own country, is the most striking example. When the Spaniards discovered America, they found it in possession of the Indians. Many tribes were enslaved, but the sons of Shem were not doomed to bondage. They were restless, discontented, and were liberated, because they were unprofitable. Their places were supplied by the sons of Ham, brought across the broad Atlantic for this purpose. They came to their destiny and were useful and contented. Over the greater part of the continent, Japheth now sits in the tents of Shem and in extensive regions Canaan is his servant. Let those who possess the best opportunity to judge, the men who have grown up in the presence of slave institutions, as they exist in the United States, say, if their happiness and usefulness do not prove their present condition to be the accomplishme
Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 2, Chapter 44: the lack of food and the prices in the Confederacy. (search)
kberries, 25 cents per quart; whortleberries, 35 cents per quart; plums, 50 cents per quart; peaches, $i per dozen. Prices increased steadily for all varieties of food, as the supplies decreased and the value of Confederate money declined. Ham was, on July 23, 1862, 75 cents per pound; small quarters of lamb from three to four dollars each; eggs, $ i per dozen; coffee, of poor quality, $2.50 per pound; butter, $I and upward per pound; tea, $5 per pound; boots, $20 to $25 per pair; shoemwn Windsor50.00 Prices on bill of fare at the Oriental Restaurant, Richmond, January 17, 1864. Soup, per plate$1.50 Turkey, per plate$3.50 Chicken, per plate3.50 Rock fish, per plate5.00 Roast beef, per plate3.00 Beefsteak, per dish3.50 Ham and eggs3.50 Boiled eggs2.00 Fried oysters5.00 Raw oysters3.00 Cabbage1.00 Potatoes1.00 Pure coffee, per cup3.00 Pure tea, per cup2.00 Fresh milk1.00 Bread and butter1.00 Wines, per Bottle. Champagne$50.00 Madeira50.00 Port25.00 Clar
H. Wager Halleck , A. M. , Lieut. of Engineers, U. S. Army ., Elements of Military Art and Science; or, Course of Instruction in Strategy, Fortification, Tactis of Battles &c., Embracing the Duties of Staff, Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery and Engineers. Adapted to the Use of Volunteers and Militia., Chapter 3: Fortifications.Their importance in the defence of States proved by numerous historical examples (search)
The former is applied to the side of France towards Belgium, and the latter, with certain modifications, to the defence of Western Germany. The first line of fortifications on the northern frontier of France consists of Dunkirk, Lille, Valenciennes, Conde, Quesnoy, Rocroi, Charlemont, Mezieres, and Sedan; the second line, of Calais, Andres, St. Omer, Bethune, Arras, Douai, Chambrai, Landrecies, and Avesnes; the third line, of Boulogne, Montreuil, Hesdin, Abbeville, Amiens, Bapaume, Peronne, Ham, and Laon. For mountainous frontiers it is deemed necessary to secure all the important passes with small redoubts or military works, and to defend with strong forts the grand interior strategic points on which these communications are directed. For a frontier of moderate extent there may be some six or eight gorges in the mountains by which an army might penetrate; but it will always be found that these roads concentrate on two or three points in the great valleys below. Take, for examp
ieving the Indians from a servitude, which they had already escaped through the gate of death. But, though the Papacy was earnestly importuned to lend its sanction to this device, and though its compliance has been stoutly asserted, and was long widely believed, the charge rests upon no evidence, is squarely denied, and has been silently abandoned. For once, at least, avarice and cruelty have been unable to gain a sacerdotal sanction, and compelled to fall back in good order upon Canaan and Ham. Even the voluptuous Leo X. declared that not the Christian religion only, but nature herself cries out against the state of Slavery. And Paul III., in two separate briefs, imprecated a curse on the Europeans who would enslave Indians, or any other class of men. --Ibid., p. 172. But, even without benefit of clergy, Negro Slavery, once introduced, rapidly, though thinly, overspread the whole vast area of Spanish and Portuguese America, with Dutch and French Guiana and the West India Islan
of Slavery — that no man could be chosen to Congress from any district in those thirteen States, and none from more than two districts of the entire fifteen, who was not a facile and eager instrument of the Slave Power, even though (as in West Virginia) their inhabitants well understood that Slavery was to them a blight and a curse — that every prominent and powerful religious organization throughout the South was sternly pro-Slavery, its preachers making more account in their prelections of Ham and Onesimus than of Isaiah and John the Baptist — and he will be certain to render a judgment less hasty and more just. There were probably not a hundred white churches south of the Potomac and Ohio which would have received an avowed Abolitionist into their communion, though he had been a Jonathan Edwards in Orthodoxy, a Wesley in piety, or a Bunyan in religious zeal. The Industry, Commerce, and Politics of the South were not more squarely based on Slavery than was its Religion. Every gr<
ng that they have seen enough of war, and will never fight for niggers. Phelps recently tried the pluck of his negro regiment. An Indiana regiment was sent out, and ordered to load with blank cartridges, to appear as rebel guerrillas, when he would send his negro regiment out to attack them. Every thing was got in readiness, and the negroes' guns clandestinely loaded with blank cartridges, they started in pursuit of the supposed enemy. The Indiana regiment turned upon the descendants of Ham, when every one threw down their guns and took to their heels. Some of the Indianians being sick of the negrophobia, loaded their guns with ball cartridge and shot about ten of these bosom friends of Phelps. The latter was sorely mortified to see his favorites run, and ordered a white sergeant to instruct them further in the evolutions of drill. The sergeant turned upon Phelps, and, after rebuking him severely, tore the stripes from his coat-sleeve indicating his rank, and told him that he
coat he wore. The blue great-coat, the sky-blue coat, The old blue coat the soldier wore. I knew not, I, what weapon he chose, What chief he followed, what badge he wore; Enough that in the front of foes His country's blue great-coat lie wore. The blue great-coat, etc. Perhaps he was born in a forest hut, Perhaps he had danced on a palace-floor; To want or wealth my eyes were shut, I only marked the coat he wore. The blue great-coat, etc. It mattered not much if he drew his line From Shem or Ham, in the days of yore; For surely he was a brother of mine, Who for my sake the war-coat wore. The blue great-coat, etc. He might have no skill to read or write, Or he might be rich in learned lore; But I knew he could make his mark in fight, And nobler gown no scholar wore Than the blue great-coat, etc. It may be he could plunder and prowl, And perhaps in his mood lie scoffed and swore; But I would not guess a spot so foul On the honored coat he bravely wore. The blue great-coat, etc. He had
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