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The Daily Dispatch: August 11, 1862., [Electronic resource] 8 0 Browse Search
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from that city, which every true Southron cannot fail to enjoy, as illustrating the undaunted spirit of our people. Gen. McDowell, of Bull Run notoriety, has a sister residing in Memphis, the estimable lady of Col. B. A. Massey, whose strong Southern proclivities, by the way, have rendered him quite conspicuous since the commencement of the war. It appears that McDowell wrote a letter to her sometime after the occupation of Memphis, and enclosed it to Gen. Grant, with the request that he shouseat with the view of completing his mission and leaving. "I have, madam," he said, "a letter from your brother, Gen. McDowell, which he requested me to hand you," and he pulled the document from his pocket and proffered it to Mrs. Massey. "I beg your pardon, General," she coolly and dispassionately replied, "I once had a brother, Charles McDowell, but I have never known the General." --Saying which, she bowed so rigidly polite to Grant that he returned the unaccepted epistle to his p