CHAPTER XXI

Fort Donelson

1.  Fort Donelson was build on the Cumberland river.

2.  Now, the great city of Nashville, the capital of Tennessee, stands also on the Cumberland river, and it is at the distance of thirty leagues from Fort Donelson.

3.  And the Confederates, who in the Yankee tongue, are called Rebels, said, let us make Fort Donelson very strong, lest the enemy come, and drive us away, and take the place, and advance upon Nashville.

4.  And they built an exceeding high wall, with towers and parapets, for their archers and slingers, and they dug a ditch very deep.

5.  Then said they one to another, we are safe in this fort, for the Yankees can never take us.

6.  Now Jefferson had sent Gideon to command at Fort Donelson, and Gideon had many legions with him;

7.  And he had chosen men, who were mighty in battle, expert with the bow, and with the lance, and battle axe.

8.  When Ulysses had taken Fort Henry, he said, I will capture Fort Donelson also, then can I advance to Nashville, the great "city of Rocks."

9.  And Ulysses made ready to go forth against Donelson.  He had a very great army, so many were they in number, that no man could count them;

10.  And he had gunboats and transports, and might guns, and battering rams, and other engines of war.

11.  And he ascended the Cumberland river, and when he had drawn nigh to Fort Donelson, he caused the boats to halt, and some of his men he sent out on the land, and some remained on the boats.

12.  And he prepared to attack Gideon on all sides, both by land and water.

13.  And they joined battle, and there was great slaughter, for many of the forces of Ulysses fell, and many rebels also fell in battle.

14.  And the battle lasted until the going down of the sun, and neither side would yield.

15.  And on the morrow, at the early dawn, the battle was renewed, and it raged all that day, for the men were valiant on both sides.

16.  And when the sun was set the battle ceased, but the scene was mournful to behold, for the dead lay over all the ground, and the blood of the slain ran in rivulets.

17.  When darkness covered the land, then communed Gideon with his men of war, and his two chiefs, Buckner and Floyd, counseled him to sue for peace, lets the men should all perish.

18.  But Gideon would not sure for peace, saying that he would not come alive into the hands of Ulysses.

19.  Then Buckner the chief, a man of great discretion and valor, said, I pray thee, O Gideon, that thou wouldst hear me in behalf of my men.

20.  And Gideon beckoned to him with his hand, to speak on.

21.  And Buckner said, it is known to all here present, that I entreated the people of Kentucky, to engage in this war, and they consented, and joined my legion, and gave me their young men and their sons.

22.  And these are now with me, and they are food men and brave.  Now, if battle be waged again tomorrow, these must perish by the sword;

23.  For Ulysses is receiving fresh troops every hour, and he has already as many men as we, so that we cannot resist him.

24.  But, if we will surrender, then will Ulysses spare the lives of the men.

25.  Then Gideon lifted up his voice and said, I have vowed never to surrender to a Yankee; but as to thyself and those under they command, thou art permitted to do as seemeth good in thy sight.

26.  And Gideon and some of his chief Captains arose a great while before day. and escaped from Fort Donelson, and fled to Nashville.

27.  And When it was day. Gen. Buckner sent a flag of truce to Ulysses, and asked a conference.

28.  And Ulysses held a conference with him, and received his army in surrender.

29.  And the number of prisoners which Ulysses received was very great.  And Fort Donelson with its munitions of war and great guns came into the hands of Ulysses and the Federals.

CHAPTER XXII

Surrender of Nashville

1.  Now, when it was noised aboard at Nashville, that Donelson had fallen, there was no small stir among the people;

2.  For they said, our city must fall into the hands of teh enemy.  And many of them arose and fled from the city.

3.  And there was one Sydney, a man of war, among the Confederates, and he was a General, and had a great army with him, and had been stationed at Bowling Green many months.

4.  But when Sydney knew that Fort Donelson had fallen into the hands of Ulysses, he said, we must get hence, or the Federals will bag us all.

5.  And he fled with his army and passed through Nashville, and destroyed bridges, and spread great alarm throughout all the land.

6.  Then came certain messengers to Ulysses, from Abraham, saying, go thou up the Tennessee river, and drive away that haughty rebel Braxton, whose surname is Bragg.

7.  For Braxton had joined himself to Beauregard, and they had a great army at Corinth.

8.  And Abraham sent Buell, a very gallant chief, with a great army, to seize Nashville, the capital of Tennessee.

9.  And when he was yet a great way off from the city, messengers came to the city, saying that they would surrender the city into his hands, without any bloodshed.

10.  And the Federals marched into Nashville and took possession thereof, and found there much bread, and stores of meet, and arms without number, which the rebels could not carry with them.

11.  And Isham, the Governor of Tennessee fled from Nashville, and carried with him the parchments, and the sacred books, and all the silver and gold he could find.

12.  And he came unto Memphis, and told the people there what things had befallen Nashville.

13.  And the people of Memphis were sore vexed, and they rent their clothes, and sat in sackcloth and ashes, and refused to be comforted.

14.  For they feared that the same destiny was awaiting their own city.

CHAPTER XXIII

Battle of Shiloh

1.  And it came to pass after Ulysses had taken Fort Donelson, that he ascended the Tennessee river, determined to fight a great battle with Beauregard and Bragg.

2.  Now, these rebel chief had collected a mighty army at Corinth, which is a town in the tribe of Mississippi, in the Northern part thereof.

3.  Two great roads of iron had been made to cross at this place, and, besides, Corinth is about six leagues to the South of Pittsburg Landing, a place on the Tennessee River.

4.  Ulysses directed his gunboats, and iron-clads, and transports to Pittsburg Landing, and soon his vast army had arrived at that place.

5.  Now, Buell, the great Federal Chief, after he had captured Nashville, left a force there and marched so to make further conquests; and when Ulysses had heard that Beauregard was at Corinth with a great army,

6.  He sent word to Gen. Buell to come and join himself unto him, to give Beauregard battle with their united forces.

7.  And certain came to Beauregard, and told him this, and he determined to give Ulysses battle without delay, before the other General could come unto him.

8.  And it was in the month of April, and in the early part thereof, about the time the birds do choose their mates, and the flowers in the balmy South do burst forth into beauty and loveliness, that these things came to pass.

9.  An Beauregard, in the self-same month, and on the sixth day thereof, at the dawn of day marched forth is legions, and gave the sign of battle.

10  An Ulysses went forth to meet him, an a mighty battle commenced; for they had great engines of war, and battering rams.

11.  And the battle raged with great fury; for it seemed as if the solid earth would rend assunder, and the elements above had come in collision

12.  Never since men first began to dwell upon the face of the earth, had any seen the like, man slaying his fellow-man, and even one brother slaying another.

13.  The earth was drenched in human gore, and the blood ran in rivulets, and the dead lay in heaps over all the land.

14.  And the battle continued all the day even until the going down of the sun.

15.  And when the night was come, and it was dark, the voice of lamentation, mingled with groans, was heard; for there were many wounded and dying.

16.  Many are the orphans and widows that were made such on that day; for many fathers and husbands, as well as brothers and sons, were fated to gladden the social circle with their presence no more.

17.  O that men would cease to study the rude arts of war, and that the nations might be at peace.

CHAPTER XXIV

Battle of Shiloh. -- (continued.)

1.  Now it came to pass when it was night. Gen. Buell was come with his legions. and Ulysses greeted him kindly.

2.  And when the day dawned they united their forces, and the battle again commenced.

3.  And the rebels were brave and determined, and fought till the second hour in the evening.

4.  But the Federals were so many, and they were brave, so that they pressed upon the rebels greatly.

5.  And they slew Sydney, whose surname is Johnson, one of the chiefs of the rebels.

6.  And when the rebels knew that Sydney, their chief, was dead, they were greatly dejected, and began to retreat.

7.  Then Ulysses commanded his men to pursue them retreating, and they pursued them, and slew great numbers of them.

8.  And when the sun was down, the rebels were all gone from the battle field save the dead and wounded, and Ulysses had gained a great victory.

9.  But many were slain on both sides, and very many were led away captives.

10.  And Ulysses remained many days at Pittsburg Landing, and buried the dead, and gave aid to those who had received wounds.

11.  Meanwhile Beauregard and Braxton were at Corinth, and they made great fortifications there, and awaited the coming of Ulysses.

12.  And after some days, Ulysses marched his army toward the South, and pitched his camps hard by the outer walls of the rebel fortifications.

13.  And many were the skirmishes that took place, and many were the men who fell in them.

14.  For neither Braxton nor Ulysses would make a general attack, but sought to find some advantage.

15.  And the Federals sent great reinforcements to Ulysses, and he began to besiege Corinth.

16. When Braxton and Beauregard had perceived this, they marched forth quietly by night, and withdrew toward the South.

17.  And Ulysses did not know that the rebels were retreating until they were all gone.

18.  And he was sore vexed because of this thing.

CHAPTER XXV

Capture of New Orleans.

1.  New Orleans was a mighty city.  It stood on the coast of the great river, even the Mississippi, not far from the sea.

2.  The merchants of New Orleans were as princes, for they dwelt in houses built of stone and marble, ornamented with brass, and gold, and silver, and precious stones.

3.  And ships came to the city from all parts of the world, bringing corn, and wine, and silk, and all costly merchandize.

4.  And the people of the city were cunning in all kinds of work, such as carving in stone, and iron and brass.  And they made books, and images, and garments, and sent them into all the parts of the earth.

5.  And people of all languages, from all the tribes, and kindreds upon the face of the whole earth, came unto the city.

6.  And there were the mighty ships that came across the deep and wide sea, and the great steamboats that ply the Mississippi river, and the stern wheelers that paddle along the smaller rivers, and innumerable flat-boats from up the country.

7.  And no city in the world, was equal unto it for cotton; for it came down the great river, and down the Arkansas, and Red River.

8.  And ships came from England, and France and from all parts of the world, to carry cotton away with them.

9.  And the city was filled with oranges, and figs, and pomegranates, and pea-cans, and ginger, and spice, and parched corn.

10.  Now, when the other Southern States seceded, Louisiana seceded also, and New Orleans was rank for secession.

11.  And when the war began, it sent to Jefferson, a thousand pounds weight of gold, and a ton of silver, and darts and javelins without number.

12.  And certain messengers went from the city to Jefferson saying, Live, forever!  O Jefferson; thou hast but to command, and we will every man obey!

13.  Then were forts built upon the river below New Orleans, to keep the Federal gunboats away from the city.

14.  And mighty guns and huge mortars were mounted, and many men were put in the forts.

15.  Now runners came to Abraham, and knelt down in his presence, and told him of all these things.

16.  Then was Abraham's wrath kindled, and he sent his armies to go by way of the sea, and to pull down the forts that the rebels had built, and to capture the great city.

17.  And there was great commotion among the people, for they knew that the rebels would fight, and that there would be great carnage.

18.  And Abraham's ships and gunboats being filled with armed men, and great guns and swords, and spears, ascended the great river;

19.  And when they were come to the forts, the rebels fired upon them, and they fixed upon the rebels, and there was a great battle.

20.  And many of the Federals and of the rebels were slain, and there was much bloodshed.

21.  And the contest lasted many days, but the strength of the rebels began to fail.

22.  Then did the Federals press more vehemently, and they beat down the forts and burnt all the towers, and captured all the men that were within.

23.  And the gunboats passed up the river, even to the city, and demanded that the whole city of New Orleans, surnamed the "Crescent City," be surrendered to the Federals.

24.  And the city was surrendered, and all its stores, and treasures of gold and silver, and wine and costly drink, and cups of gold, and curious vessels of wood, and stone, and brass, came into the hands of the Federals.

25.  And Abraham sent General Butler to rule over the city

26.  And Gen. Butler set up flags with the Stars and Stripes in the markets and public places, and commanded that all the men in the city, should reverence the flag.

27.  Now, there were some there that hated Abraham and the old flag, and they would not reverence the flag.

28.  Then sent the commanding General and seized these disobedient citizens, and spoiled their houses, and cast them into prison.

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