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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Army Life in a Black Regiment, chapter 2 (search)
ion, like that of others of my darkest men, having a sort of rich, clear depth, without a trace of sootiness, and to my eye very handsome. His features are tolerably regular, and full of command, and his figure superior to that of any of our white officers,--being six feet high, perfectly proportioned, and of apparently inexhaustible strength and activity. His gait is like a panther's; I never saw such a tread. No anti-slavery novel has described a man of such marked ability. He makes Toussaint perfectly intelligible; and if there should ever be a black monarchy in South Carolina, he will be its king. January 15, 1863. This morning is like May. Yesterday I saw bluebirds and a butterfly; so this winter of a fortnight is over. I fancy there is a trifle less coughing in the camp. We hear of other stations in the Department where the mortality, chiefly from yellow fever, has been frightful. Dr. - is rubbing his hands professionally over the fearful tales of the surgeon of a Ne
Charles Congdon, Tribune Essays: Leading Articles Contributing to the New York Tribune from 1857 to 1863. (ed. Horace Greeley), Historical Scarecrows. (search)
Blacks did anything to be praised instead of blamed — these are minor considerations, unworthy of the attention of men who know absolutely nothing of that sad history, and who could not for their lives, upon a cross examination, tell us whether Toussaint was a black or a white man, what he did while living, or where, or under what circumstances, he died. It is enough to scream St. Domingo! and every abolitionist is considered to be effectually graveled. It is in this idiotic way that Historye is n't a fact of any importance. Why tell these historical gentlemen, who know everything, that nine-tenths of the atrocities committed by the Blacks were incited by the Whites and Mulattoes? That is of no consequence. Why show that, under Toussaint, the colony flourished, the Whites living happily upon their plantations, the estates well and cheerfully cultivated by the Blacks, until the expedition of Le Clerc, sent forward by that wily Italian, to whom the very name of Liberty was detest
n the free enjoyment of their liberty, property, and the religion which they professed. A just — no, even a literal construction of this provision, giving to the word inhabitants its natural and full signification — might have secured liberty, with the enjoyment of all the rights, advantages, and immunities of citizens of the United States, to the colored as well as the white Louisianians of that day. But it is hardly supposable that this was really intended by the treacherous murderer of Toussaint, just signally baffled in his formidable attempt to reenslave the freedmen of Hayti. It is very certain that this construction was never put in practice, but that those who had been slaves under Spanish and French rule in Louisiana remained so under the flag of our country, dying in bondage unless specially emancipated, and leaving their children the sole inheritance of their sad condition; and that slaveholders, whether in fact or in purpose only, eagerly hastened to our new purchase and
e? ”Oh Lord, how long!--One human soul Is more than any parchment scroll, Or any flag the winds unroll. ”What price was Ellsworth's, young and brave? How weigh the gift that Lyon gave? Or count the cost of Winthrop's grave? ”Oh brother! if thine eye can see, Tell how and when the end shall be-- What hope remains for thee or me.“ Then Freedom sternly said: ”I shun No strife nor pang beneath the sun, When human rights are staked and won. ”I knelt with Ziska's hunted flock; I watched in Toussaint's cell of rock; I walked with Sydney to the block. ”The moor of Marston felt my tread; Through Jersey snows the march I led; My voice Magenta's charges sped. ”But now, through weary day and night, I watch a vague and aimless fight For leave to strike one blow aright. ”On either side my foe they own: One guards through love his ghastly throne, And one through fear to reverence grown. ”Why wait we longer, mocked, betrayed By open foes, or those afraid To speed thy coming thr
Emilio, Luis F., History of the Fifty-Fourth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry , 1863-1865, Roster of the Fifty-Fourth Massachusetts Infantry. (search)
died pris. 17 Je 64 Charleston, S. C. $50. craft, Samuel. 20, sin.; boatman; Naponock, N. Y. 29 Mch 63; deserted 20 May 63 Readville. $50. Cragg. Robert 22, sin.; farmer; Mercer Co, O. 12 May 63; 20 Aug 65. $50. Davis, James 18, sin.; porter; Columbia, Pa. 19 Mch 63; 20 Aug 65. $50. Davis, John E. 28, mar.; cook; Niagara, N. Y. 18 Mch 63; Trsfd 55th Mass. $50. Davis, Thomas 23, sin.; farmer; Oswego, N. Y. 18 Mch 63; 20 Aug 65. Wounded 18 Jly 63 Ft. Wagner. $50. Delaney, Toussaint L'O. 18, sin.; laborer; Chatham, Can. 27 Mch 63; 20 Aug 65. $50. Dover, John H. Sergt. 18, sin.; waiter; Buffalo, N. Y. 18 Mch 63; 20 Aug 65. $50. Dustin, Moses N. 33, mar.; farmer; Canterbury, Vt. 19 Aug 63; 25 Aug 64 Morris Id. S. C.; dis. —— Penacook, N. H. Edgerly, William 20, sin.; farmer; Lancaster Co. Pa. 19 Mch 63; killed 18 Jly 63 Ft. Wagner. $50. Ellis, Charles L. 30, mar.; barber; Hyannis. 15 Jly 63; 20 Aug 65. —— Evans, Albert 28, mar.; machinist; Springfield,
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 2, Chapter 17: Virginia. (search)
s, and Tartar slaves under Alexis; but the end of every rising was a deeper fall, a sterner punishment, a harder rivetting of the servile chain. From Spartacus to Pugacheff, the leaders of servile insurrections have always failed. The case of Toussaint l'overture is no exception to the rule, for the war in Hayti was political rather than servile, and in the long run Toussaint failed as Dessalines and Christophe also failed. When the war of secession broke out, emancipation by the sword was Toussaint failed as Dessalines and Christophe also failed. When the war of secession broke out, emancipation by the sword was a new theory; and the overthrow of a powerful aristocracy for the benefit of their serfs was a thing unknown. No such upheaval of society, as we now find along the vast regions stretching from the Potomac to the Gulf of Mexico, is on record in any nation; nor after such a convulsion can one expect to see the moral balance of society rapidly restored. We must be patient, for we have to wait on some of the most delicate movements of the human heart. A man learns to hide his scars and sores
The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 3. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), Anti-Slavery Poems (search)
no more shall kneel, And God alone be Lord! 1832. Toussaint L'ouverture. Toussaint L'Ouverture, the black chieftayou. When the rising of the negroes took place, in 1791, Toussaint refused to join them until he had aided M. Bayou and his to escape to Baltimore. The white man had discovered in Toussaint many noble qualities, and had instructed him in some of ts period, until 1801, the island, under the government of Toussaint, was happy, tranquil, and prosperous. The miserable attesangon, where, in April, 1803, he died. The treatment of Toussaint finds a parallel only in the murder of the Duke D'Enghienastened nigh, With fearless step and strong. ‘What, ho, Toussaint! ’ A moment more, His shadow crossed the lighted floor. ‘l drip The warm blood from the driver's whip: Yet, though Toussaint has vengeance sworn For all the wrongs his race have bornand won. I knelt with Ziska's hunted flock, I watched in Toussaint's cell of rock, I walked with Sidney to the block. The m<
The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 7. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), The conflict with slavery (search)
ou will take care not to talk to them of the restoration of slavery, but talk to them of freedom, you may with this word chain them down to their labor. How did Toussaint succeed? How did I succeed before his time in the plain of the Culde-Sae on the plantation of Gouraud, during more than eight months after liberty had been grano do so, and they will do so. This is strong testimony. In 1796, three years after the act of emancipation, we are told that the colony was flourishing under Toussaint, that the whites lived happily and peaceably on their estates, and the blacks continued to work for them. Memoire Historique et Politique des Colonies. Up to 18 day by day a perceptible progress, under the recuperative energies of free labor. In 1801 General Vincent, a proprietor of estates in the island, was sent by Toussaint to Paris for the purpose of laying before the Directory the new Constitution which had been adopted at St. Domingo. He reached France just after the peace of Am
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Chapter 14: anti-slavery poems and second marriage (search)
ubdivisions which criticised each other sharply. Longfellow's temperament was thoroughly gentle and shunned extremes, so that the little thin yellow-covered volume came upon the community with something like a shock. As a matter of fact, various influences had led him up to it. His father had been a subscriber to Benjamin Lundy's Genius of Universal Emancipation, the precursor of Garrison's Liberator. In his youth at Brunswick, Longfellow had thought of writing a drama on the subject of Toussaint l'ouverture, his reason for it being thus given, that thus I may do something in my humble way for the great cause of negro emancipation. Margaret Fuller, who could by no means be called an abolitionist, described the volume as the thinnest of all Mr. Longfellow's thin books; spirited and polished like its forerunners; but the subject would warrant a deeper tone. On the other hand, the editors of Graham's Magazine wrote to Mr. Longfellow that the word slavery was never allowed to appe