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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 2: preliminary rebellious movements. (search)
and shaping events, so as to bring about, as speedily as possible, a dissolution of the present Union, and a Southern Confederacy. --Rather than submit one moment to Black Republican rule, Wise wrote to an old friend of his father, in the North, I would fight to the last drop of blood to resist its fanatical oppression. Our minds are made up. The South will not wait until the 4th of March. We will be well under arms before then, or our safety must be guaranteed. Autograph letter to Josiah Williams, of Poughkeepsie, N. Y., dated Rolleston, near Norfolk, Va., December 24, 1860. Governor Wise, it will be remembered, was chiefly instrumental in procuring the execution of John Brown for treason, less than a year before. Four years later, his estate of Rolleston, near Norfolk, was occupied as a camp for freed negroes; and, in his mansion, a daughter of John Brown was teaching <*> children how to read and write the English language. Everywhere the conspirators and their followers