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[269] where he resides to-day, was taken possession of, and the ladies and children of his family subjected to gross indignities by brutal hoodlums uniformed as soldiers. His business was broken up and his wife and children were reduced to want. He was undoubtedly a strong Southern sympathizer, and is still so. He had a prosperous business in the manufacture of shoes on South street, near the corner of Lovely lane. Among his customers were many of the leading men of Baltimore in all walks of life. Some of these gentlemen had sons and other kinsmen in the South to whom they wished to send shoes, boots and other supplies, together with letters from home, and it is quite possible that Mr. Emmerich helped them to do so, for he was acquainted with the ‘underground’ agencies so operating. If so, he paid dearly for his service. He was kept in the penitentiary until some time after the war was over, and when he was released had to begin life over again. His oldest son, John, who had gone South, died in Camp Chase as a prisoner of war. His wife, who is still living, held on to her home pluckily, and kept her younger children about her in spite of the rough soldiery, who exercised upon them all the petty tyranny characteristic of that period in the treatment of ‘rebels’ and ‘traitors.’ The story of the privations of this family, told in detail, falls little short of the reports of some later Boer experiences in South Africa.


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