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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Army Life in a Black Regiment, Appendix D: the struggle for pay. (search)
r a month for six months to come, unless Congress interfere! Yet so clear were the terms of the contract that Mr. Solicitor Whiting, having examined the original instructions from the War Department issued to Brigadier-General Saxton, Military Ge is contained in the written instructions of Brigadier-General Saxton, Military Governor, dated August 25, 1862. Mr. Solicitor Whiting, having examined those instructions, admits to me that the faith of the Government was thereby pledged to every otled to and receive the same pay and rations as are allowed by law to volunteers in the service. Of this passage Mr. Solicitor Whiting wrote to me: I have no hesitation in saying that the faith of the Government was thereby pledged to every officer to make a bargain with, they were certainly free enough to claim its fulfilment. The unfortunate decision of Mr. Solicitor Whiting, under which all our troubles arose, is indeed superseded by the reasoning of the Attorney-General. But unhappil
his Myrmidons, who had in view the same objects of universal devastation and robbery, hid under the convenient pretext of vindicating the laws, and who committed outrages at the very start more hideous and abominable than any John Brown ever proposed. Gen. Jackson, we say, thoroughly understood the purpose of this war, and the character of the people by whom it is carried on. The confiscation acts of Congress, the proclamation of Lincoln, and the legal exposition of the case by Mr. Solicitor Whiting, show what that purpose is. Elated by temporary successes, all disguise is now thrown off, and instant submission, or death and universal confiscation, are the avowed objects of the Government. There has never been any other design from the beginning. Having plundered the South by banks, tariffs, and fishing bounties, the North deliberately resolved to cut open the goose that had laid the golden eggs, and therefore drew the sword. It was tired of living in its cold climate and bar