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Horace Greeley, The American Conflict: A History of the Great Rebellion in the United States of America, 1860-65: its Causes, Incidents, and Results: Intended to exhibit especially its moral and political phases with the drift and progress of American opinion respecting human slavery from 1776 to the close of the War for the Union. Volume I. 112 0 Browse Search
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cold brought her life to an end, when her physical and mental strength were apparently as good as ever. Her sister, Alice Cilley, married Captain Page and went to Maine, first settling in Hallowell, and afterwards living in Cornville with one of her children. I never saw her until after I went to college in Maine, and I may possiMaine, and I may possibly have occasion to refer to her hereafter. She died in 1849, at the age of ninety-nine and a half years, and was able, the summer before she died, to mount her own horse without assistance, and ride out some three miles to visit a neighbor. I attended a partially private school or academy at Deerfield until I was eight years nowledge of chemistry given me the most valuable aid in the trial of causes. The winter vacations were made very long, quite the length of the winter schools in Maine, and I taught school each winter at least eight weeks. The stipend was quite small, but it gave aid to expenditures during the rest of the year. I am glad to say,
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 2: early political action and military training. (search)
who had been employed by one corporation could be employed in any other in the city without a pass from the first. Thus the lack of this pass meant no work in Lowell. These laboring people had been gathered here almost wholly from the several States in New England, with the single exception of some English and Scotch workmen skilled in the making of cotton and woollen goods. Being brought up with them I knew them to be of the best class of citizens — the sons and daughters of farmers in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. No better body of citizens, no purer people, ever came together. To the credit of the owners of the mills, it is but just to say, humane, philanthropic, and far-sighted economic business regulations were made, and provisions were established that education should be furnished for the children, and the advantages of religious instruction given to all. Measures were also taken to provide for the morals of the operatives, and houses were built in
the North should unite. Hence the slave States, in order to preserve the balance of power in the Senate, entered into the far-famed Missouri compromise, by which Maine, as a free State, was to be taken from Massachusetts, and Missouri, as a slave State, from the Louisiana purchase, and both were to be admitted into the Union at t of the Missouri compromise in 1820--that is, as many free States as slave States coming into the Union--gave an equal number of senators upon the slave question. Maine, free, carved out of Massachusetts, was admitted March 3, 1820, and was offset by Missouri, slave, March 2, 1821; Arkansas, slave, June 15, 1836, by Michigan, free event the most thoughtful were persuaded that war would follow, but of what magnitude none could foresee. Among the returning delegates was George F. Shepley, of Maine, who afterwards went with me to Ship Island in command of a regiment, became a brigadier-general, and died a Circuit Court Judge of the United States. As we were
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 6: contraband of War, Big Bethel and Hatteras. (search)
have stated to some officers with what readiness new volunteers go into action if called upon to act at once, I have had occasional doubt expressed, the doubters agreeing that they knew nothing on the subject. This has led me to examine the matter with considerable care, and I am confirmed in my opinion by the action of raw troops in several instances from my personal knowledge. But I think one of the very best illustrations I can give of the action of raw troops is in the case of a single Maine regiment, the First Maine Heavy Artillery, afterwards Eighteenth Maine. The regiment was raised and sent to Washington to guard the forts. It had never been in the field, nor heard a hostile shot. It was moved forward as fast as possible and joined Grant's army the night before the battle of Spottsylvania Court House. It went in eighteen hundred strong, and when it came out it was with a loss of four hundred and eighty-one killed and wounded, twelve of whom were officers, and five missin
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 7: recruiting in New England. (search)
aid to him that I wanted two regiments from Massachusetts because I was quite sure I could not get any from Rhode Island, and that I would wait until I had visited Maine before I commenced recruiting in Massachusetts. We parted amicably enough. I did not say anything to him about my idea of recruiting a regiment of Hunker Democrawould not agree to appoint Democratic officers. He had detailed one at the very first of the war, and had been sorry for that detail ever since. I then went to Maine and saw Governor Washburn. I told him I wanted a regiment and a battery, and that I wished that he would appoint as the colonel, George F. Shepley, Esq., who had been United States Attorney for Maine. He was a Democratic leader and had been with me in the Charleston convention. Certainly, said the governor; what a good thing it would be if Shepley would only go. I have seen him, I replied, and I can assure you that he will. For the command of the battery I recommended Captain Thom
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 8: from Hatteras to New Orleans. (search)
ing heavily against the ship. I asked Glisson whether he could take on board the Mt. Vernon a portion of my troops. He said he did not know how many he could carry, but would try to take on as many as three hundred men. I had the Western Bay State Regiment of Massachusetts and the Fifteenth Maine Regiment commanded by Col. Neal Dow. In order to deal fairly with everybody, I took as many lucifers as there were companies and cut the heads off of some. Then I allowed first an officer of one Maine company to draw out a match, and then an officer of one of the Massachusetts companies, and so on until all the companies had drawn. Those drawing the five shortest were to be taken on board the Mt. Vernon. It so happened that they were five of the Maine companies. I turned to Colonel Dow and said:-- Colonel Dow, you had better go with these men on board the Mt. Vernon. They will be safe there. And leave you here, General? Oh, yes; I must stay here. Unless you order it, I
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 9: taking command of a Southern City. (search)
, and Carrollton. Thus, of 30,000 total, one in every four died. No conversations went on in the presence of my officers other than descriptions of the incidents of the attacks of the terrible fever in 1853, when its dead lay in heaps because of the inability of the living to inter them. An instance was reported to me which was quite laughable. Near the lower boundary of the part of New Orleans known as French-town, which was then, perhaps, the most filthy of all, a poor soldier from Maine, homesick, dreaming of the pure air and bright land-scape of his native State and pining to return thereto, was pacing his weary beat. Naturally he listened to the conversation that went on around him, and accordingly he was attacked in this way: Two newsboys stood near him and one said: Jack, have you heard the news? No, Tom, what is it? Got the yellow fever prime down in Frenchtown; two Yanks dead already. It will sweep them all off. No surgeon in my army ever saw a case of yellow f
are never so sick as not to fight your enemy if he desires the contest. You have shown him that if he cannot take an outpost after weeks of preparation what would be his fate with the main body. If your general should say he was proud of you it would only be to praise himself; but he will say he is proud to be one of you. In this battle the Northeast and Northwest mingled their blood on the field, as they had long ago joined their hearts in the support of the Union. Michigan stood by Maine; Massachusetts supported Indiana; Wisconsin aided Vermont; while Connecticut, represented by the sons of the evergreen shamrock, fought as our fathers did at Boyne Waters. While we all mourn the loss of many brave comrades, we who were absent envy them the privilege of dying upon the battle-field for our country under the starry folds of her victorious flag. The colors and guidons of the several corps engaged in this contest will have inscribed upon them Baton Rouge. To complete the
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 20: Congressman and Governor. (search)
and directly called upon by the gentleman from Maine [Mr. Blaine] to reply in some small degree as paper — to thus hear me. The gentleman from Maine seeks in the first place to meet this great qu I disagree. It is because the gentleman from Maine attempts to meet this question, I respectfullyand when he comes in he and the gentleman from Maine can fight the battle out. I am quite certain text class of arguments that the gentleman from Maine puts forward on this question is the proposalsas wrong, without the dictum of my friend from Maine [Mr. Blaine]. I did not say that Salmon P. Chant. five-twenty loan (which the gentleman from Maine contends was payable in gold) he says only somess of the country; because the gentleman from Maine tells them that the government will pay the pr for currency, I agree with the gentleman from Maine that it will be depreciated. But what is too shall be that exact loan which my friend from Maine yesterday thought would be so absurd — a loan [12 more...]<
of the court; for if you begin to tell us what you don't know, there will be no time for anything else. He was always prompt with a retort of this kind. So, at a later day, when he was cross-questioning a witness in not the most respectful manner, and the counsel interposing, reminding him that the witness was a professor in Harvard College, he instantly replied: I am aware of it, your honor; we hung one of them the other day. I tried causes frequently in the States of New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts, and in quite all the circuit courts of all the districts of the latter State. My docket contained causes of every description of practice and in regard to all possible business, so that from necessity preparing myself to examine and cross-examine experts in every class of business, I became more or less an expert in all myself. I suppose I may mention a few of the more important cases, especially where great principles were decided, in all of which I was engaged as lead
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