Storm Over The Land: A Profile of the Civil War

Storm Over The Land: A Profile of the Civil War

Carl Sandburg

Language: English

Pages: 290


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Taken mainly from Abraham Lincoln: The War Years. 60 halftones from photographs; 98 drawings, maps, and sketches.

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recalled that during war it sometimes happens that spoken and written words have powerful effects. His veins ran with French blood and he may have heard of the Time of the Terror during the French Revolution. At any rate, he was dealing with a revolution in Missouri. And now he would bring out the Terror. Through the night of August 29 and past midnight and far into the morning of August 30 he worked on a proclamation. The gift of tongues had been bestowed on him, he believed. Daylight broke

not pushing him beyond this position; and that, in fact, our judgment is rather against his going beyond it.” On September 24 appeals for help had come over the wires from Rosecrans and Dana; unless relief came soon the enemy might cut off their communications and supplies. It was decided after a conference to send reinforcements from the Army of the Potomac. Meade was ordered by telegraph to prepare two army corps, under General Hooker, ready for transport, with five days’ cooked provisions,

it I discover is only on the surface. You would be surprised, in talking with public men we meet here, to find how few, when you come to get at their real sentiment, are for Mr. Lincoln’s reëlection. There is a distrust and fear that he is too undecided and inefficient. . . . You need not be surprised if a reaction sets in before the nomination, in favor of some man supposed to possess more energy.” This was the mild comment of an extraordinarily decent politician and statesman. What other

secession.” He had no doubt “excellent men . . . from such States” were present, but protested against any “recognition of the right of States which now belong to the Southern Confederacy to be represented here, and, of course, to be represented in the Electoral College.” Then arose Horace Maynard of Tennessee, tall and spare, his long black hair, high brow, and strong straight nose having brought him the nickname of “The Narragansett Indian.” Maynard’s high-pitched voice measured out sentences,

its strongboxes, shoes on feet that had started north barefoot. An incidental adventure of the Early raid was the ride of McCausland’s gray cavalry up into Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, where a demand was presented for payment of $ 100,000 in gold or $500,000 in greenbacks. The citizens said they couldn’t scrape together any such amount of money. An officer drew from his pocket a paper and read to the citizens a written order from General Early that on refusal of payment of the money demanded the

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