1.  Now it came to pass in the third year of the reign of James, surnamed Buchanan, and in the eleventh month of the self-same year, 

2.  That the people assembled themselves to vote. 

3.  Then came the hardy sons of Maine, and they of the tribe of Vermont, and of New Hampshire, and of the Bay State,. 

4.  And of Rhode Island, and the land of patent clocks and wooden nutmegs. 

5.  And they did cast their votes by fifties, and by hundreds, and by thousands; 

6.  And the people of the great States of New York and Pennsylvania, and also New Jersey, and little Dela, flocked to the poles, and voted. 

7.  And the people of the South, where tobacco, and cotton, and rice, are cultivated, and where there are many of the sons and daughters of Ham, voted; 

8.  And the people of the North-West, even the Buckeyes, Hoosiers, and Suckers; Wolverines and Hawkeyes, from all the region of prairies, and lakes, and even beyond the Mississippi, came to the polls and voted for Chief Ruler. 

9.  And the wrath of men waxed warm, and they drank cheap whisky and lager beer, and behold their patriotism boiled over. 

10.  And when the sun went down, there were drunken men not a few, and some had bloody noses and mashed mouths. 

11.  Then were tidings sent upon the wires, and all men everywhere greatly desired to hear the news. 

12.  No man saluted his neighbor, saying, how doest thou? or is it well with thee and thy little ones?                .

13.  For no man cared for aught else than the result of the election. 

14.  Now when the morrow was come, and the votes had been counted, behold Abraham was elected. 

15.  Then did the people of the North rejoice.  They illuminated their cities, and made orations, and sang songs, and gave gifts one unto another. 

16.  Then sent they unto Horace, saying, Write us, we pray thee, a Psalm, that we may sing and be merry 

17.  And Horace wrote them a Psalm, and the people sang it, and their voice was as the sound of many waters.


Secession of South Carolina 

1.  When the people of South Carolina heard that Abraham was elected, they rent their clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes..

2.  And they cried on to another, saying, Alas! For us, for we are undone. 

3.  Then came certain together at Columbia, the capital of the Palmetto State, and they communed one with another. 

4.  And they said, Let others do as they may, but as for us, we will secede from the Union! 

5.  Then did they pull down the old flag, even the flag of their fathers, the flag that had protected them in their infancy, and had made the country prosperous and happy. 

6.  And they tore the flag into fragments and trode upon it. 

7.  And they said, let no man henceforth celebrate the fourth of July, for behold the Union is dissolved. 

8.  And South Carolina seceded from the Union, and her wise men left Washington and went each man to his own house. 

9.  When the other States of the South, heard that South Carolina had seceded, they were sore vexed. 

10.  For they said, South Carolina is our Sister; Her people are bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh, and our souls do cleave unto her. 

11.  Abraham will send and armed host to subdue her, and burn up her cities, and lay waste her rice-fields, and carry away her negroes; 

12.  Let us arise and secede, and join with South Carolina, and build up a great Southern Confederacy 

13.  And we will have a President, and a Congress of our own, and no more depend upon the "Yankees" of the North; 

14.  We will no more send them our cotton, or tobacco, or rice; nor will we ever buy goods of them again; 

15.  For the days of patent clocks, and nutmeg gritters, and Yankee school ma'ams, are at an end. 

16.  Then did Alabama and Mississippi, and Georgia, and Florida, and Louisiana, and Texas secede from the Union; 

17.  And they seized upon the Forts and Arsenals of the South, and the guns, and cannon, and all the implements of war. 

18.  And there was great commotion among the people; for there were many that loved the Union, and were loth to give up the government of their fathers. 

19.  For they said where shall we find a better? Have we not prospered?  Has not our domain extended until it reaches from ocean to ocean? and have we not grown to be great among the nations of the earth? 

20.  But the friends of Secession, answered and said Ye speak as fools and not as wise men.  Know ye not that Abraham is elected, and that he will have a free- soil cabinet?  His administration will do nothing for the South, but much against it, and we will no submit to it. 

21.  And the friends of the Union, said, We did not vote for Abraham, and lament that he was elected; but we know that he cannot do as much hurt, if we remain in the Union.  The Constitution and the laws will protect us. 

22.  Then were the Secessionists angry, and they said, ye are no friends to the South.  if you speak thus. They are not for us are against us. 

23.  And they sent out a proclamation into all the land of the South, for all who loved the old flag, and did not wish to see it demolished to remove from the South in forty days. 

24.  Then were there lamentation and great sorrow; for men were compelled to leave their homes, and the ashes of kindred and loved ones, 

25.  And to become exiles and strangers, and wanderers in forests and desert places, and caves of the earth, and dens. 

26.  Now, there were Vigilant Committees in all the South, and they ceased not night and day to seek after all that loved the Union, and to cast them into prison. 

27.  Some they tarred and feathered; they shaved the heads of some; and they beat some, and some they hanged to a tree.


War Declared 

1.  These were but the beginning of sorrow, for the times grew worse and worse, until no one in all the land of Dixie, dared to speak in behalf of the land of his fathers. 

2.  Now, when James had served his full time, Abraham came to the Federal city, and delivered a great oration, and became the Chief Ruler of the land. 

3.  Then came there Commissioners from the South, and they said unto him, Let there be no strife between thee and us, for behold all we are brethren! 

4.  Let us, we pray thee, separate peaceably; and we will build up a great nation, and be friends, and trade together, and get great gain. 

5.  But Abraham said, nay, but I have sworn to support the Constitution, and cannot give up so much of the soil of this Union, as a dove may need for her feet!  I will not allow you to secede from the Union! 

6.  Then the Commissioners from the South, arose and departed from Abraham, and brought word to their friends. 

7.  And they said, we have a war with Abraham, for he will not allow us to secede. 

8.  Then Abraham sent his proclamation into all the land, calling for 75,000 spearmen, and horsemen and footmen, and archers and slingers, to gather themselves together to suppress the Great Rebellion. 

9.  Now, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia had not seceded, but still clave to the Union; 

10.  But when they saw that Abraham was collecting an army to subdue their brethren of the South, their wrath was kindled; 

11.  And when he sent unto the Governor's of these States for aid against the South, they would not furnish it. 

12.  And these States seceded from the Union, and joined themselves unto South Carolina, and the other Southern States 

13.  About this time a meeting of the mighty men of the South was held at Montgomery, which is a city of no mean repute in Alabama. 

14.  And these mighty men of the South did proceed to form a provisional government, which they called the Confederate States of America, and they chose that city for the capital. 

15.  Now, there was one Jefferson whose surname was Davis, f the tribe of Mississippi.  He was a valiant man, for he had been in the Mexican War, and had married Gen. Taylor's daughter. 

16.  He was a member of the great Sanhedrim at Washington, as Senator from his own tribe, and he was opposed to Abraham, and greatly in favor of Secession. 

17.  Him they chose for Provisional President of the Confederate States, and he made an oration to the people and greatly encouraged them. 

18.  And they fell upon their faces, and for the space of three hours ceased not to cry.  "Hurrah!  Jeff. Davis and the South." 

19.  And Jefferson chose wise men to be his counsellors, and appointed Brigadier and Major-Generals for the army. 

20.  And the whole country was stirred up, and prepared to go to War.  It was the theme by day, and the song by night. 

21.  Grave Senators and Reverend Division made orations, and urged the people to rise up and discard the government of their fathers. 

22.  Farmers abandoned their furrowed fields, and caused their pruning hooks to be made into Bowie knives, and their lands lay idle, and brought forth nothing to support man and beast. 

23.  Mechanics left their shops, teachers gave up their schools, colleges closed their doors, ministers came down from their pulpits, and all prepared themselves to go forth to war; 

24.  And Jefferson commanded to send men through all the land to seize all the rifles, and shot-guns, and muskets, and pistols, and Bowie knives. 

25.  And all that were cunning workmen, wrought day and night, in mending and making guns, and knives and swords, and drums; 

26.  And the women through all the region of the South, made flags having on them, "the Stars and Bars," and they made clothes for the soldiers, and haversacks, and they gave them blankets, and bread, and much wine.


The South Blockaded 

1.  Now, it came to pass, that when Abraham heard of the doings of the South, that his wrath was kindled. 

2.  And he commanded all the mails to Dixie to cease, so that no one could send a letter to the South, or to the North. 

3.  And he sent his ships of war to blockade all the Southern ports, that no ships from England or France could go to them with bread or wine, or great guns or powder, or percussion caps; 

4.  And Abraham gave commandment, that no ship from the South should go out upon the sea, to carry cotton to other lands or to bring back merchandize. 

5.  Then did Jefferson and the men of the South, send abroad in all the land, to the merchants and others who were indebted to the people of the North, greeting; 

6.  And commanded them that they should not pay them any silver or gold, or bank-bills, or cotton, or corn, or wine; 

7.  But all that were indebted to the North were commanded to make payment to the Confederate States, and all property in the South, belonging to men of the North, was confiscated..

8.  Now, the tribe of Virginia was very ancient, and it reached from the sea toward the West, even to the Ohio river; 

9.  And this tribe was rich in tobacco, and wheat, and barley, and lambs' wool; 

10.  And, moreover, it had many great ships, and banks of money, and manufacturers without number; 

11.  And the schools and colleges of Virginia were of great renown, so that there were none like them upon the face of the whole earth. 

12.  And the sons of Virginia were brave, and her daughters were fair and beautiful to look upon. 

13.  And there were scholars, and orators, and poets, and mighty statesmen in Virginia. 

14.  It was in Virginia, that Washington, the father of his country was born, and his ashes repose upon her bosom. 

15.  It was in Virginia, that Patrick Henry, surnamed the eloquent, was born, and lived, and died. 

16.  It was in Virginia, that Madison, and Jefferson, and Tyler, and Wirt, and John Randolph lived; for Virginia was called the "Mother of Presidents." 

17.  It was in Virginia, that John Brown ended his eventful career. 

18.  It was in Virginia, especially such as belonged to the "first families" thereof, were haughty, and walked with out-stretched necks and made a mincing with their feet. 

19.  Now, it grieved the people of Virginia, that they had not elected a President from that tribe, and they murmured at the South because of this. 

20.  Then Jefferson called together his wise men, and sooth-sayers, and astrologers, and horse-doctors, and advised them to conciliate Virginia, by locating the Capital of the Confederacy at Richmond their chief city..

21.  And the saying pleased the wise men, and they commanded that Richmond should be the capital. 

22.  And Jefferson, and his counsellors and mighty men arose and went unto Richmond, and there they abode. 

23.  And they, issued bills of credit, which the people called "Confederate money," and Jefferson gave commandment, to cast into prison, any many who should refuse to accept this money in the payment of debts due to him. 

24.  And behold the land was flooded with Confederate money, for it was more plentiful than ever the locusts were in Egypt.


Battle at Manassas 

1.  Meanwhile Abraham was collecting a mighty host.  There were captains of fifties, and captains of hundreds, and colonels, and majors and brigadiers without number. 

2.  And Abraham set over all these, Winfield, whose surname was Scott.  Winfield was an old man, well stricken in years, and his locks were as lambs wool. 

3.  He was like unto Saul in stature, and was known in all the earth for his skill in war, for he had been in war in Mexico, and was a famous chieftan. 

4.  Winfield had command of all Abraham's army, and resolved to march to Richmond, and to seize Jefferson and all his wise men. 

5.  When Jefferson heard what Winfield wished  to do, he collected a great army near Richmond. 

6.  In this army, he had many thousands from the South and also from Virginia, and all parts of the Southern Confederacy. 

7.  Now, there was a certain man, named Beauregard, of French decent, and he dwelt in the tribe of Louisiana.  He was a man of great discretion and valor, and well skilled in all the arts of the war. 

8.  Him Jefferson had made a Major-General, and placed him over the army. 

9.  Now there is a place in Virginia, where two railroads meet, and there are mountains on each side, so that an army cannot go round to the right or the left. 

10.  And this place is on the main road as one goes from Washington City to Richmond, and a great creek flows hard by, which is called in the Anglo-Saxon, Bull Run, but in the English tongue, it is called Manassas Gap. 

11.  Here Gen. Beauregard resolved to make a stand, and fight with Winfield. 

12.  And Winfield knew Gen. Beauregard, for the latter had served as a lieutenant under Winfield, in the Mexican War, and Winfield knew that he was brave and well skilled in all that pertains to war. 

13.  But Winfield said to himself, Behold I am a veteran, a hero even of two wars; what need I care for this Gaul, who in comparison, is a mere strippling?  I will go forth against him, and vanquish him, and march into Richmond. 

14.  And it came to pass in the first year of the reign of Abraham, and in the seventh month, and on the twenty-first day of the self-same month, Winfield marched forth is mighty hosts against Beauregard. 

15.  Then came there many from Washington, both men and women, to see the great battle, and they stood afar off, and looked on.  

16.  And the battle commenced in the morning, and it waxed warm, and the roar of the artillery, and of small arms, and the tumult of battle, was great; 

17.  And many were the slain in each army, and the blood ran in rivulets, and the ground was covered with the fallen slain, 

18.  And when it was now past noon, reinforcements came to the Confederates, and they fought with great valor, and Winfield's forces gave way, and fled; 

19.  And the Confederates pursued them, and slew a great multitude of them, and captured many..

20.  Then was Winfield sore vexed, for he was an old man, and had fought many battles, and had never been defeated before; 

21.  And great fear fell upon them of Washington, lest the Confederates should come and burn up their city, and destroy the capital of the nation' 

22.  And the Confederates took captive some of those who were spectators of the fight, and carried them to Richmond, and cast them into prison. 

23.  Then were the Confederates greatly elated, because Winfield had been defeated, and they gave great praises to Beauregard and those who were with him, in the great battle of Manassas. 

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