The Union Leaders of Memphis.
A Memphis correspondent of the Freeman's Journal,
New York, seems to be delighted with the late caustic letter of Hon. Emerson Etheridge
to the Memphis
We give the closing paragraphs.
They are rich, racy, and truthful:
But there was another object in view, and right nobly did Mr. Etheridge
accomplish it. He intended severely to reproach the miserable few who thrust themselves forward as the representatives of the Memphis
people, under the style of the "Union Club," and certainly he could not have done so more effectually than he did by telling them that, with an extensive Memphis
acquaintance among the leading men, he did not recognize a familiar name
on their list!
How diminutive must "Little Tommy" have felt when he heard that the Hon. Emerson Etheridge
did not know him; for his mental aberration is such that he imagines himself the fulcrum of the lever with which old Abe moves the world!
But Mr. Etheridge
There is not an old Memphian of integrity or of influence whose name can be found on the "Union Club" roll. "Little Tommy, " whose name heads the list, is, perhaps, the most obnoxious and insignificant of the motley crew.
He was a pretty fair railroad Clerk — morally and physically small — but owing to the profound respect with which I regard the family of his accomplished wife I forbear to say more.
G. D. Johnson
made what little he is worth by retailing drugs to the people whom he is now endeavoring to enslave; but he was of so little importance in the community that I can not say positively what were sentiments prior to the fall of Memphis
Amongst our other Union worthies the Mayor
deserves a prominent and unenviable position, having been at one time a self commissioned officer in a rebel company.
B D. Nabors
formerly displayed much military skill and innate baseness in betraying a company of rebel home guards; but he returned to the faith at a proper time,
promising to repent and amend.
His present co-partner in literature and infamy was once Superintendent
of the Mississippi and Tennessee Railroad, was suspected of entertaining heretical opinions, but retained his position by making an orthodox profession of faith to his rebel employers.
He is a Northern man in nativity and principle, and a renegade in profession and practice.
Another of these luminaries will easily be recognized as the only tic
) which binds a portion of my countrymen to his new allies While in the first Tennessee (rebel) regiment he did more talking and less fighting than any man in the Jackson Guards; but he was soon detailed on special duty and sent to Memphis
to cast cannon for the Confederacy
in the foundry of Quinby
; for which service he was handsomely rewarded in laurels and cash.
The former he wore with apparent complacency, and it does not seem that his conscience reproached him for receiving the latter.
I would refer the curious reader to the obituary of Barrett
, a member of the Jackson Guards, and he will there find, in a few words, the political sentiments of the gentleman in question, which were anything but friendly to his present beloved master and namesake--Uncle Sam.
Such, Mr. Editor
, is a brief outline of the Union
champions of Memphis
who are yet writhing under the lash of Mr. Etheridge
It may be useful to some of your readers, should they desire to enter on a study of human nature.