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Charles Congdon, Tribune Essays: Leading Articles Contributing to the New York Tribune from 1857 to 1863. (ed. Horace Greeley), The great Rogersville Flogging. (search)
and even this Sabbath-breaking, was labor lost. Because if Boy No. 2 had nothing to tell-and it is certain that, in spite of his tortures, he did tell nothing-what was the use of whipping him? It was a sheer squandering of saws, blood, muscle and whips, to say nothing of the needless harrowing of Colonel Netherland's feelings. However, the Colonel showed himself to be a regular Roman. He did not wince when poor Anthony dragged his mangled body home on that Sunday evening. He snapped his fingers at the Rev. Samuel Sawyer when that weak-minded priest censured him. He defended the deed. He called upon the church to dismiss the Rev. Samuel, and the church obeyed. Thus ends the Second Chapter in the History of the Great Rogersville Flogging. We have written it in no lightness of spirit, if with some lightness of speech. There are certain human inconsistencies and foibles, so terrible and degrading, that we greet them with a laughter which is akin to tears. September 5, 1857.
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 1, chapter 13 (search)
in my determination to make Memphis a safe place of operations for an army, and all people who are unfriendly should forthwith prepare to depart in such direction as I may hereafter indicate. Surgeons are not liable to be made prisoners of war, but they should not reside within the lines of an army which they regard as hostile. The situation would be too delicate. I am, with great respect, your obedient servant, W. T. Sherman, Major-General. headquarters, Memphis, July 24, 1862. Samuel Sawyer, Esq., Editor Union Appeal, Memphis. dear sir: It is well I should come to an understanding at once with the press as well as the people of Memphis, which I am ordered to command; which means, to control for the interest, welfare, and glory of the whole Government of the United States. Personalities in a newspaper are wrong and criminal. Thus, though you meant to be complimentary in your sketch of my career, you make more than a dozen mistakes of fact, which I need not correct, as
, 1855. Daniel Kelly, 1855. Jacob S. Merrill, 1855. Philip Nutting, 1855. George G. Rice, 1855, 1856 Joel Robinson, 1855. George S. Saunders, 1855-1857, 1863, 1864. Nathaniel N. Stickney, 1855. William W. Bullock, 1856. Chester N. Clark, 1856-1858. Curtis Davis, 1856-1858. Hervey Davis, 1856, 1857. John H. Fellows, 1856-1858. N. St. John Green, 1856. Michael C. Kenney, 1856-1858. William Page, 1856, 1857. Thomas G. Rice, 1856, 1857. Ezra Ripley, 1856. Samuel Sawyer, 1856, 1857. Atherton H. Stevens, Jr., 1856, 1867. Albion K. P. Welch, 1856, 1857. James C. Davis, 1857, 1858, 1872, Elected March 24, 1872, in place of J. Milton Clark, resigned. 1873. James C. Fiske, 1857-1859. George B. Lathrop, 1857, 1858, 1862– 1864. John Murray, Jr., 1857. Michael Norton, 1857. Samuel S. Runey, 1857. Samuel Saunders, 1857. J. Henry Wyman, 1857. Marshall T. Bigelow, 1858-1860, 1867. Wm. P. Butterfield, 1858, 1859. Francis L. Chapman, 1858
ken the oath of allegiance. Preaching the gospel of treason has been stopped by General Wallace. The rector of the Episcopal Church, who offered prayers for the Southern Confederacy last Sunday, has been effectually admonished. Samuel Sawyer, Chaplain of the Forty-seventh Indiana, preached this morning in the Methodist Church of the runaway rebel Harris, nephew of the Governor. This evening he preached in the Second Presbyterian Church, which dismissed the Rev. Dr. Grundy, on suspicion of his loyalty to the Union. Sawyer is the same clergyman who, in East Tennessee, several years ago, was persecuted for writing an account of Deacon Netherlands cruel whipping of his slave behind his Church. The citizens of Brownsville, Hayward county, raised the Stars and Stripes yesterday. The rebel militia General, Coles, an original Secessionist of Hayward county, sends word to General Wallace that since his cotton was burned he wants to take the oath of allegiance, an
rder verbal; it was no written order from the General. The writer stated to Mr. Townsend that Mr. Sawyer wanted the order, as he would give free papers to the colored persons in question. Mr. Townsend replied that he did not care whether or not Mr. Sawyer gave them free papers, and said to the writer, "Tell Mr. Sawyer to have them people forthcoming at his office, or that he (Townsend) would arrMr. Sawyer to have them people forthcoming at his office, or that he (Townsend) would arrest the superintendent and fetch him there." The nine persons of color in question were brought to the office of the superintendent and acquainted with the truth by the superintendent himself; that thatever to go further than the office of the superintendent with their mistress. Thereupon Mr. Sawyer addressed Brig. Gen. Ross in the following language: Headquarters Freedmen, Helena, Artry to support themselves.--The whole case is referred to your headquarters. Respectfully, Samuel Sawyer. Superintendent of Contrabands. The above was considered and returned to the Superintenden