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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 9: events at Nashville, Columbus, New Madrid, Island number10, and Pea Ridge. (search)
ll sent to New Orleans, where they were found by General Butler, who sent the bells to Boston, to be used for a more peaceful purpose. They were sold at auction there in August following, by Colonel N. A. Thompson, who prefaced the sale by a patriotic speech. Ten days before Beauregard's appeal for bell-metal, his Surgeon-General, Dr. Choppin, whom he had sent to New Orleans, after the fall of Fort Donelson, for the purpose, issued in that city the following characteristic address to his Creole brethren: soldiers of New Orleans: You are aware of the disasters which have befallen our arms in the West. Greater disasters still are staring us in the face. General Beauregard--the man to whom we must look as the saviour of our country — sends me among you to summon you to a great duty and noble deeds — invoking and inspired by the sacred love of country and of priceless liberty, he has taken the deathless resolution de les venger ou de les suivre. And, with the immortal confidence