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t through all the streets and lanes of Butcher Flat and other vicinities, we could get no clue to her. We went into many small and squalid-looking houses, yet we saw no such abject poverty as Mrs. Brown's. All who needed it were supplied with meal by the corporation, and many were supporting themselves with Government work. One woman stood at a table cutting out work; we asked her the stereotyped question--Is there a very poor widow named Brown in this direction? No, ladies; I knows two Mrs. Browns, but they ain't so poor, and ain't no widows nuther. As neither of them was our Mrs. B., we turned away; but she suddenly exclaimed, Ladies, will one of you read my husband's last letter to me? for you see I can't read writing. As Mrs. R. took it, she remarked that it was four weeks old, and asked if no one had read it to her? Oh yes, a gentleman has read it to me four or five times; but you see I loves to hear it, for may-be I shan't hear from him no more. The tears now poured down
Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, Chapter 19: battle of Chickamauga (search)
y's Ferry, and, recrossing at Brown's Ferry, found itself directly opposite Chattanooga on the north side of the river, about 40 miles from Stevenson. But this road could not be used. Below Kelley's Ferry it skirted the river and was commanded by small-arms from the south side. This compelled the enemy to cross Walden's Ridge to get by, adding many miles to their journey over exceedingly rough country. The importance of holding strongly the country between the two ferries, Kelley's and Browns's, seems never to have been appreciated by either Bragg or Longstreet, who had charge of the left wing of the army. The duty was confided to a single small brigade, Law's, of Hood's division, which was sent around the toe of Lookout Mountain for the purpose. A full division at least should have guarded so important a point, and one so exposed. It was about this time that Gen. W. F. Smith, known in the U. S. Army as Baldy Smith, was assigned to the Federal army, as chief engineer. He su
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Letters and Journals of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Chapter 2: the Worcester period (search)
hydropathic establishment. The last Worcester letters were written while John Brown's trial was pending and speak of Higginson's fruitless attempt to escort Mrs. Brown to her imprisoned husband. To a friend: Of course we are all deep in Browns, and you can imagine how stirred up is Worcester generally, especially since the rumored arrests of people in Boston as witnesses — I mean proposed arrests; but I don't think it will come to anything. Worcester, October 27, 1859 Dearest Mow and ice, and by the fact that for three miles I pursued my runaway horse and wagon, with the constant expectation of finding them smashed on some projecting rock or over a precipice. . . .These mountains were a fitting shrine for the family of Browns and Thompsons. ... When I came out through the Notch again, I felt as if that corner of the world would tip down, as if there were not virtue enough here to balance it. ... Dear Mrs. Brown-tall, erect, stately, simple, kindly, slow, sensib
Francis Jackson Garrison, William Lloyd Garrison, 1805-1879; the story of his life told by his children: volume 3, Chapter 10: the Rynders Mob.—1850. (search)
with the greatest difficulty we could induce a man of them to stand up and address a public assembly. In the first place, he was aware of the prejudice he had to encounter. Then he feared that he might fail, and so injuriously affect the cause he wished to promote. But observe the change that has taken place within the last ten years! Who are among our ablest speakers? Who are the best qualified to address the public mind on the subject of slavery? Your fugitive slaves—your Douglasses, Browns, and F. Douglass. W. W. Brown. Bibbs—who are astonishing all with the cogency of their words and the power of their reasoning. So it will be with woman. Henry Bibb. She may fail at first, but her efforts will be crowned with equal success. I have only to say, I bid you God-speed, women of Massachusetts and New England, in this good work! Whenever your convention shall meet, and wherever it shall be, I shall endeavor to be there, to forward so good, so glorious a movement. Mr. Gar
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1863. (search)
an orphan, and was admitted on application of an elder brother. He remained there for three years, during which time he sustained a good character, and was one of the best scholars in the school. When twelve years of age he wrote a school composition which attracted the attention of the well-known Boston philanthropist, Deacon Grant, who caused it to be printed for distribution among the pupils of the school. In 1860, a little pamphlet was published, entitled A Brief Notice of the Five Browns, Graduates of the Boys' Asylum and Farm School; all bearing the Name of Brown and all from different Families. Five lines of this pamphlet are devoted to Henry French Brown, and he is described as a good scholar, more fond of books than play. He was discharged from the Farm School on the 18th of May, 1853, and went to New York with his former teacher, Mr. John A. Lamprey, to be employed in an insurance office. This did not last long, for some reason, and he was then taken by another tea
h pressed cotton, for crossing ditches. Johnston was moving up at the same time. On the night of the 1st, he encamped between Brownsville and the Big Black river, and, on the 3d, sent word to Pemberton, that about the 7th of the month, an attempt to create a diversion would be made, to enable the garrison to cut its way out. This dispatch did not reach Pemberton till the 10th of July, when both he and the messenger were prisoners. This attack, however, was never made. The movement to Browns ville was the last operation undertaken for the relief or the defence of Vicksburg. On the 22d of June, Pemberton had suggested to Johnston that the latter should make propositions to Grant to pass the garrison out, with all its arms and equipages; but Johnston replied: Negotiations with Grant for the relief of the garrison, should they become necessary, must be made by you. It would be a confession of weakness on my part, which I ought not to make, to propose them. When it becomes necessa
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, The new world and the new book, XVIII (search)
XVIII The Westminster Abbey of a book catalogue the American visitor enters Westminster Abbey prepared to be hushed in awe before the multitude of great names. To his amazement he finds himself vexed and bored with the vast multiplicity of small ones. He must approach the Poets' Corner itself through avenues of Browns, Joneses, and Robinsons. It seems that even Westminster Abbey affords no test of greatness, nor do any of the efforts to ascertain it by any other test succeed much better. The balloting in various newspapers for the best hundred authors or the forty immortals has always turned out to be limited by the constituency of the particular publication which attempted the experiment; or sometimes even by the action of jocose cliques, combining to force up the vote of pet candidates. As regards American authors, the great Library of American Literature of Stedman and Hutchinson aims to furnish a sort of Westminster Abbey or Valhalla, where the relative value of differ
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 13. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Battle of Chickamauga. (search)
ured, I am unable to ascertain how many pieces were ultimately secured. After night, Major Eldridge, Chief of Artillery, sent four pieces and one caisson beyond the Chickamauga. The men being exhausted, and night approaching, after distributing ammunition, Brown's brigade was formed in front, facing the Chattanooga road; Clayton on the right and facing in that direction, as there were no troops of ours within half a mile of us towards the right. Bate's brigade on the left and in rear of Browns. During the night a number of stragglers from the ranks of the enemy were picked up and sent to the rear by my skirmishers or pickets. I should have stated that owing to the difficulties of the ground, its advantages being altogether with the enemy, it was found impracticable to use artillery. During the night the enemy were heard constructing defences, and moving artillery towards his left. After leaving General Bragg, as mentioned, I saw no officer whose rank was superior to my own f
The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 7. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), Zzz Missing head (search)
Memorable Relations he manifests nothing of the imagination of Milton, overlooking the closed gates of paradise, or following the pained fiend in his flight through chaos; nothing of Dante's terrible imagery appalls us; we are led on from heaven to heaven very much as Defoe leads us after his shipwrecked Crusoe. We can scarcely credit the fact that we are not traversing our lower planet; and the angels seem vastly like our common acquaintances. We seem to recognize the John Smiths, and Mr. Browns, and the old familar faces of our mundane habitation. The evil principle in Swedenborg's picture is, not the colossal and massive horror of the Inferno, nor that stern wrestler with fate who darkens the canvas of Paradise Lost, but an aggregation of poor, confused spirits, seeking rest and finding none save in the unsavory atmosphere of the falses. These small fry of devils remind us only of certain unfortunate fellow whom we have known, who seem incapable of living in good and wholesome
enewed the motion that the Committee rise, but withdrew it, and the motion was again made by Mr. Speed, of Campbell. Negatived. Mr. Brown then resumed his speech in favor of the majority report, but without concluding, gave way for motion that the Committee rise, which was submitted by Mr. Staples, of Patrick. Negatived — ayes 44, nots 53. Renewed by Mr. McGrew, and the same result followed. A good deal of confusion prevailed in the hall, and order was with difficulty restored. Mr. Browns at length resumed and explained the reasons which influenced him to sustain the report of the majority in preference to the Peace Conference propositions. Mr. Wickham said that as there were but ninety-seven members present, he thought it would scarcely be proper to take the vote this evening. He therefore moved that the Committee rise. Negatived. Mr. Stuart, of Doddridge, was in favor of the Peace Conference propositions, but would vote against them in Committee, since they made
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