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[362] rising in midwinter, at six o'clock, so as to be at the press when the men went to work at seven; and as he was unable to leave his work at noon, to go to the hotel for dinner, he found himself, to use his own language, ‘obliged to be satisfied with the corn-bread and bacon which the negroes live on.’ He adds: ‘I have been running the press, too, at night, so I have only been able to let up between the hours of six and seven in the evening. You may fancy the relief brought to my somewhat overwrought body and mind by the advent of Saturday night.’

This life was a good preparation for that upon which he was so soon to enter, in the army; and in the performance of his duties as a man of business in Memphis, he showed the same energy, ability, and fidelity for which, as a soldier, he was afterwards distinguished.

His life was made; as he expressed it, ‘one of turmoil and trouble,’ during the winter of 1860-61, by the beginnings of rebellion in Tennessee, the State of which, as he said, he had ‘become by residence, voting, and everything else that could make him so, a citizen.’ ‘I have had my eyes,’ he writes, ‘suddenly opened to the fact that we are not one people, and that I am almost certain to become a foreigner, while supposing myself at home.’

He writes, on one occasion, of going about among his secession friends, crying ‘Liberty and Union, one and inseparable,’ and adds, ‘I don't know that I did any good; but it certainly raised agreeable emotions in my breast, if not in theirs.’

One thus frank and earnest in avowing his Union sentiments could not but find himself in an uncomfortable position as a citizen of Tennessee in April, 1861. Howard Dwight was not a man to be easily intimidated, but, from the day that Sumter fell until he left Memphis, a month later, his situation was not without peril, and to his friends at home this was a season of great anxiety on his account. For weeks before he left Memphis he must have appreciated the danger. The ‘rag of Secession,’ as he called the Rebel flag, was raised, and the

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