CHAPTER LVI

Lee Marches Into Maryland

1.  Now George was commanded by Abraham to take charge of the armies encamped round about Washington, and to defend that city.

2.  An General Pope tarried in the land of Virginia.

3.  Now the chiefs of the army of Dixie were wily and full of canning, and it came to pass that they brought thirty legions secretly between the hosts of the North and the Capital City.

4.  Now when this was known, Pope called unto his chief captains,

5.  Unto McDowell, and Sigel, and Kearney, and Reno, and Hooker, and Porter,

6.  And commanded that they should go forth with many legions and overtake squadrons of the Rebels, and put them to the sword and scatter them.

7.  Now the armies met even on the same field on which the battle of Bull Run had happened.

8.  And terrible was the noise of the conflict, and great was the carnage, and many gave up the ghost in the midst of the battle.

9.  And the hosts of the Rebels prevailed mightily even so that the armies of Freedom fled and came over the river Potomac.

10.  Now it came to pass not long afer this thing, that the armies of the Rebels crossed over the river also, saying, surely will we go up against the cities of the Yankees,

11.  Even against Harrisburg, and against Philadelphia, and against Washington, which is the stronghold of Lincoln.

12.  And we will lay waste the lands of the tribes of the Yankees, and burn their houses with fire, and carry away their young men captive.

13.  And we will seize upon Horace and Wendell the Abolitionist, and upon Henry Ward, and upon all those who have spoken hardly of us.

14.  And all these will we hang to a tree even as Haman was hanged, but Abraham will we hang to many trees.

15.  Now went forth George from before the fortress of the Capitol, and led with him a great multitude of soldiers.

16.  And with him went Hooker and Burnside, and many valiant captains for officers and leaders of legions.

17.  And George set the battle in array against the proud foes of the nation, and came upon them like a great whirlwind.

18.  And drove them before him with might and with power, and put them to the sword and smote them sore.

19.  And thrashed them soundly, and beat them and licked them and made them skedaddle.

20.  In two great contests did he flog them soundly, even in the battle of South Mountain and the fight of Antietam.

21.  So they departed away out of the country and came unto the land of their fathers, and they spoiled not the land of the Yankees,

22.  Nor seized upon Abraham nor upon Horace of Wendell.

23.  After these things, Abraham visited the army, and reviewed it, and spake comforting words unto the people.

24.  Nevertheless Abraham was grieved because George had not taken the Rebels captive, and prevented them from escaping out of our borders.

25.  And Abraham was sore troubled because the wars were not ended, and he divised many ways by which he might hasten the day of peace, and bring joy to the people,

26.  And pondered much on the sayings of Horace which had been written in a letter.

27.  For Horace wrote unto Abraham, saying, of a truth thou wilt not prevail against the South until thou abolishest slavery,

28.  For the Lord of Hosts will not help thee if thou helpest not his people who are in bondage, even his children the Ethiopians who are bound.

CHAPTER LVII

Abraham's Warning

1.  Now when Abraham had thought of all that Horace had written and conselled whi himself, he called William, his chief counseller, and said unto him,

2.  Is not Horace right in this thing? and are not the Ethiopians a great help unto Jefferson and a great harm unto us.

3.  Are they not hewers of wood and drawers of water for him, and doth he not employ them to build his walls and dig his trenches, and to till his fields an to tend his flocks?

4.  Verily, William, I will not that this be so, but as my soul liveth, I will deliver this people from bondage, and hire them with money that they come up and help us.

5.  And the thing pleased William, and he told it unto Salmon and unto many of the High Priests of the Sanhedrim, and they were glad.

6.  So Abraham wrote a Proclamation, and caused the Great Seal of the Union to be set thereunto.

7.  And Abraham's Proclamation was to the Rulers of the land of Dixie, and to all the slave-holders thereof.

8.  And in the Proclamation it was written, "that on the first day of the first month of the year eighteen hundred and sixty and three, all persons held in bondage in any State or part of a State, 

9 .  "The people whereof should be in rebellion against the United States should be thenceforward and forever free.

10.  Now Abraham's Proclamation went forth through the length and breath of the land.

11.  And many were glad and rejoiced greatly, but some murmured, saying, Abraham hath no right to do this thing.

12.  Others wondered, saying, how can this thing come to pass, and how shall the Ethiopians be free? Is Abraham a god that his word breaketh the bonds of the slave?

13.  Others said, let be, we shall see how this thing will end; verily Abraham hath sense and knoweth his own way.

14.  Now many of the captains and leaders of the armies resigned their offices, and would not serve in the wars after Abraham had done this thing.

15.  And the chronicles of the South wrote hard things of Abraham, calling him fiend, for they said he inciteth the servant to rise in rebellion against his master.

16.  Nevertheless Abraham putteth his hands in his pockets, and walketh up and down and whistleth, for he knew his own way, and followed it. 

CHAPTER LVIII

Battle at Corinth.

1.  Now about the beginning of the tenth month, while the army of Ulysses was encamped round about Corinth, came eight and thirty thousand Rebels against them.

2.  And the Rebels were led by many mighty captains of the South, even by Van Dorn and Price and Lovell and Villepigue and Rust.

3.  Then Ulysses spake unto a mighty chief called Rosecrans, and commanded that he should lead forth his men, and set the battle in array against the Rebels.

4.  And Rosecrans went forth and took with him four divisions.

5.  The division of Hamilton, and the division of McKean and the division of Davies and the division of Stanley.

6.  Now the forces of Rosecrans joined battle with the Rebels, and there was great slaughter.

7.  And the Rebels fled, leaving their dead and their wounded, and their banners and three great guns and three thousand stand of arms.

8.  And the number of Rebels that were slain was one thousand and twenty and three.

9.  And the number of Rebel prisoners taken was two thousand, two hundred and three score and five.

10.  But the number of Federals that were slain was but three hundred, and of Federal prisoners there were but two hundred taken.

CHAPTER LIX

Perryville.

1.  Now it came to pass that Bragg, who was a mighty chief among the Rebels, came into the land of Kentucky, even nigh unto the city of Louisville, which is upon the river Ohio.

2.  And the people of Louisville were full of fear, and cried out for help, saying, wherefore hath not Buell protected us.

3.  Now Buell was a chief in the army of Abraham, and commanded one hundred thousand souls.

4.  Therefore a cry went up from the city, that he should save the place from desolation, and from the sword of the Rebel.

5.  But Buell and Bragg were brethren and would not willingly join their armies in battle.

6.  And furthermore many said, surely Buell loveth the land of Dixie and the people thereof, and therefore will he not go against this host. 

7. Nevertheless, Buell went against the REbels, for he said, if I do not this thing, even my own soldiers will hate me, and peradventure Abraham also will deal hardly with me. 

8.  So on the tenth month, about the eighth day, Buell came upon the hosts of the Rebels, and joined battle with them.

9.  And it was about the tenth hour when the battle began, and it continued until the evening.

10.  But when darkness fell upon the armies, behold the Rebels fled into the land of Tennessee.

11.  Then Buell gathered together his army and followed the troops of Bragg afar off, for he took no pleasure in fighting his brother.

12.  Now the name of the battle that was fought by the hosts of Bragg and the hosts of Buell, was the battle of Perryville.

13.  After these things, Abraham commanded that Buell should no longer be a leader in the armies of the nation, but he made Rosecrans to be commander in his place.

14.  For Rosecrans was valiant, and of great wisdom, and much loved in the land.

15.  And he had won great fame, because he has overcome the Rebels in the land of Mississippi, even at the battle of Corinth.

16.  Now the people were glad when they knew that Rosecrans was made commander in the place of Buell.

CHAPTER LX

Cane Hill and Prairie Grove.

1.  It came to pass in the twelfth month, and on the twentieth day that a great battle was fought in the land of Arkansas.

2.  For in those days there was no peace to him that sent out, nor to him that came in but vexations, and wars were upon the inhabitants of all the countries.

3.  Words came unto James, whose surname is Blunt, warning him that Marmaduke, with many Rebels, would fall upon the armies of the North and slay them.

4.  But behold James was wary and valiant, and he fell upon Marmaduke and upon those that were with him, and put them to flight and killed many.

5.  And the place on which they fought is called Cane Hill unto this day.

6.  Afterwards came a great multitude of Rebels to take vengenace upon James and upon his soldiers, because they had overcome Marmaduke.

7.  And the great multitude was led by one whose name is called Hindman, who was a famous captain in the South.

8.  But James sought aid of a brave chief, even of J. F., whose surname is Herron, who aforetime had fought valiantly.

9.  And Heron joined his army unto the army of James, and they set the battle in array against the armies of the tribes of Dixie.

10.  And fell upon them and smote them sorely, and put them to flight after a mighty conflict.

 

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