One of the first to discuss with the writer the Union
defeat at Bull Run
was a former United States Government official.
He was tremendously excited and correspondingly exultant.
After describing how the Southerners had vanquished the Government
's men, and particularly how the South Carolina
“black horse” had ridden them down in deadly slaughter, he cried out, “That's the way we will give it to you fellows all the time.”
Not very long afterwards General Grant
, having entered Tennessee
, and captured Fort Donelson
, and many prisoners, was about to visit St. Louis
, and the leading Unionists
there decided to give him a grand reception and an elaborate dinner.
Money had to be raised, and among those I met who were soliciting it was my ex-Government-official friend.
He was fully as happy as he had been before, when the Fort Donelson
affair was alluded to. “Did n't we give it to those fellows down there?”
Out in western Missouri
was a young lawyer of great ambition and considerable promise.
He was afterwards a member of Congress.
Like a good many others he was at first puzzled to know what course to take.
In his dilemma he concluded to consult an old politician in that section who was much famed for his sagacity, and who bore the military title of General.
“If you contemplate remaining in Missouri
,” said the older man to the junior, “you should take the Southern
is a slave State and a Southern State, and she will naturally go with her section.”