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Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, XII: the Black regiment (search)
se Methodists; the former is certainly better for the body, as involving at least one complete ablution in each life. The 9th U. S. men are farther divided into two subdivisions, in this regard—the Holy Jumpers and the Holy Rollers. The difference between them is that when under conviction, the Holy Jumpers jump and the Holy Rollers roll: a division decidedly more palpable than most sectarian barriers. In the journal, at about this time, there appears this abstract from acting chaplain Private Thomas Long's sermon:— We can remember, when we fust enlisted, it was hardly safe for we to pass by de camps to Beaufort and back, lest [unless] we went in a mob and carried our side arms. But we whipped down all dat—Not by going into de white camps for whip um; we did n't tote our bayonets for whip um; but we lived it down by our naturally manhood; and now de white sojers take us by de hand and say Broder Sojer. Dat's what dis regiment did for de Epiopian [Ethiopian] race. If <
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, XIV: return to Cambridge (search)
been mercifully soothed. I have neither looked before nor after nor pined for what is not. In the fall of 1880, he was chosen representative to the legislature, where he served for two years. The same year he accepted an invitation from Governor Long to serve as chief of his staff. While in the legislature, of course he championed the Woman's Suffrage Bill. It is stated on good authority that certain Irish members, who hated Woman's Suffrage but loved the Colonel, sat outside growling ed to the address which Colonel Higginson gave in May, 1881, at Spartansburg, South Carolina, the occasion being the celebration of the Battle of Cowpens during the Revolution, which Bancroft called the most extraordinary victory of the war. Governor Long had requested his chief of staff to represent Massachusetts and incidentally the original New England States at the one hundredth anniversary of this battle, although it was one in which the New England colonies had no direct share. The lett