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Chapter 2: Introductory Sketches. Ante-war history of the author the fight for the Speakership in 1860 Vallandigham, of Ohio Richmond after the John Brown raid Whig and Democratic conventions of Virginia in 1860. There are features of my antecedent personal history calculated, perhaps, to impart a somewhat special interest to my experiences as a Confederate soldier. I was the eldest son of the Rev. Joseph C. Stiles, a Presbyterian minister, born in Georgia, where his ancestors had lived and died for generations, but who moved to the North and, from my boyhood, had lived in New York City and in New Haven, Conn. I was prepared for college in the schools of these two cities and was graduated at Yale in 1859. It so happened that I had never visited the South since the original removal of the family, which occurred when I was some twelve years of age; so that practically all my education, associations and friendships were Northern. True, I took position as a Southern
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing),
Stiles, Joseph Clay 1795- 1875 (search)
Stiles, Joseph Clay 1795-1875 Clergyman; born in Savannah, Ga., Dec. 6, 1795; graduated at Yale College in 1814 and at Andover Theological Seminary in 1825; ordained in the Presbyterian Church in 1826; was an evangelist in Georgia and Florida in 1829-35; served thereafter as pastor and evangelist in various localities till 1875. He was the author of Speech on the slavery resolutions in the General Assembly; Modern reform examined, or the Union of the North and South on the subject of slavery; The National controversy, or the voice of the fathers upon the State of the country, etc. He died in Savannah, Ga., March 27, 1875.