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Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Chapter 14: from the Rappahannock to the Potomac (search)
character, which, however, had no real bitterness in it, is too good not to be told. The Hon. Jere Morton was in the Secession Convention with Early, as extreme a Secessionist as Early was Unionist, and very fond of talking about our rights in the territories. Morton was not in the army, and was probably above fighting age. His handsome estate, Morton Hall, was upon the outskirts of the great battle-fields of Central Virginia, and on one occasion Mr. Morton narrowly escaped capture there, and was obliged to mount a horse and fly. It so happened that Early commanded the vanguard of the Confederate forces advancing to meet the enemy. Riding at the head of his column, and seeing Morton coming in hot haste, digging his spurs into his horse's flanks, Early playfully threw a line of troops across the road to intercept his progress, at the same time calling out to him, Hold on, Morton! Are you going for our rights in the Territories? One evening, during General Jackson's life-time