Pillow and Polk
1. Now it came to pass in those days, that Gideon, whose surname
is Pillow, had been appointed a Major-General by the people of Tennessee,
2. And he came to Memphis, and had his Headquarters in that
3. And he gathered an army and fortified the city, and planted
cannon on the river's brink.
4. Now, Memphis stands on the great Father of Waters, and is a
great city, and its merchants had grown rich upon
its trade and their gains;
5. Their houses were of brick, and stone, and marble, and costly
materials brought from afar, and they were ornamented with wood, and gold,
and silver, and precious stones.
6. And the trade in cotton and tobacco was very great, and men
from all nations came to the city to trade and get gain, and they sold
silk, and fine linen, and goods of purple and scarlet.
7. The railroads came from the East, and from the West, and from
the North, and from the South, and many were the steamboats, (which, being
interpreted, mean floating palaces.) at the wharf at Memphis.
8. And every day was the city improving. It flourished as the green-bay tree, and bade fair to rival
all the cities of the South and West.
9. But when the war came, all its prosperity was at an end.
The trade with all places abroad, ceased.
Commerce was prostrated, and all business, except that which
pertains to war, was discontinued.
10. And the people of Memphis, surnamed the Bluff city, were in
favor of Secession, and all of them save five, voted against the Union.
Gideon was a rank Secessionist, because he had many man-servants, and was
a man of much wealth.
12. Moreover, he was a many of great ambition, and looked to the
probabilities of his own promotion to a place of great honor, if the South
could be succeed in the struggle.
13. An he hated Abraham and the North.
14. Now, there was in these days, one Leonidas, whose surname is
Polk. a man of great wealth and influence among the people.
15. He was a man skilled in divers tongues, such as the Latin,
Greek, and Hebrew, and he had much wisdom, and he was the Chief Priest in
the tribe of Louisiana.
16. Leonidas was courteous and fair spoken, and eloquent of
17. And when he was a youth, he was instructed how to use the
bow, and sword, and to cast darts, and to understand all the arts of war.
18. And Jefferson knew Leonidas, and sent unto him, saying, come
unto me, I pray thee, if I have found favor in thy sight.
19. And Leonidas arose, and went unto Richmond; and when he had
come into the presence of Jefferson, he fell down before him, and
20. And Jefferson raised up Leonidas, and spake kindly unto him.
21. And he said unto him, I sent for thee, O Leonidas, to ask
thee to lay aside thy priestly garments and to become a man of war.
22. For behold Lincoln with all his hosts of Philistines, is
coming against us, to destroy our vineyards, to lay waste our fields, to
burn our houses, and to carry away our negroes.
23. And Leonidas said, Live forever, O Jefferson, thou son-in-law
of General Taylor. But tell
me, I pray thee, how can I do this thing? for I am the Bishop of
Louisiana, and my office is one of peace and not one of war and bloodshed.
24. And Jefferson lifted up his voice and said, Didst not thou
receive they instruction at West Point?
And what return hast thou made to thy country for the education
thus conferred upon thee?
25. I know thee, that thou art not only a wise man, but thou are
valiant, and being a regular West Pointer, they mayest aid me in defending
26. And Leonidas said, what post of honor will thou give me, if I
agree to aid thee?
27. And Jefferson said unto Leonidas, I will make thee a
Major-General, and give thee a thousand pounds weight of gold, and thou
shalt sit on my right hand and none shall be more honorable than thou.
28. Then did Leonidas consent, and Jefferson made him a
Major-General, and took a ring from his hand, and put it on Leonidas, and
gave him his sword and buckler, and helmet, and spear, and blessed him,
and bade him depart for the South.
29. And Leonidas got into the cars and departed for the South.
Gen. Polk at Memphis
1. and it came to pass that Leonidas determined to have his Head-quarters at Memphis along with Gideon.
2. And he sent a messenger to Memphis, to tell Gideon that he was approaching, and would be in the city on the morrow.
3. The did Gideon rejoice, for he had known Leonidas many years. And he prepared a room for him at the Gayosa, and ordered them of the inn to prepare a sumptuous dinner.
4. Then went Gideon out to the Depot of the Memphis and Charleston Railroad, and waited for the coming of Leonidas
5. An behold the cars came and brought Leonidas, and he was no more in Pontifical robes, but was arrayed as a Major-General.
6. He wore epauletts on his shoulders. and a sash round his waist, and the sword of Jefferson hung at his side.
7. And Gideon fell on his neck and embraced him, And he gave him a pomegranate, and an orange, and some wine, and the two entered a hack, and drove to the Gayosa.
8. Now, a great army from Tennessee, and Mississippi and from Louisiana, and Alabama, had come together at Union city, a small town in Tennessee.
9. For Abraham had sent an army to Cairo in the tribe of Illinois, it being the point at which the Mississippi and Ohio rivers come together.
10. During all these days, the tribe of Kentucky had taken no part in the strife between the North and the South, but claimed to be neutral, inclining neither to the one side nor to the other.
11. And there was a city in Kentucky, on the Mississippi river, called Columbus, which the Federals and, also, the Confederates, desired to occupy, as it was a key to West Tennessee.
12. But the Governor of Kentucky sent his order unto all the world, and especially into all Kentucky, commanding all belligerents whether Federals or Confederates,
13. To keep off the sacred soil of Kentucky, or otherwise he would punish them.
14. Jefferson sent word unto Leonidas and Gideon not to invade Kentucky until the Federals did, and then to march forward and seize Columbus.
15. And not many days thereafter, Federal troops marched into Louisville, which is a city in Kentucky, and took possession thereof.
16. And when Leonidas heard thereof, he marched his forces into Columbus, and placed a garrison there.
17. And he fortified the place with a great wall and a wide ditch, and he planted many great guns upon the bank of the river.
18. An Leonidas gathered a great army at Columbus, and much corn, and bacon, and all the implements of war, and they sent out to all the people greeting, to fear nothing, that Leonidas could hold Columbus against all the world.
Hard Times in Dixie
1. In as much as Abraham's ships had compassed all the land, no goods could be brought into Dixie,
2. So many things which the people were accustomed to have, became exceedingly scarce, and demanded a great price.
3. For, as there are almost no manufactures in the South, and no goods could come unto them from the North, the people began to be in want.
4. Then were there many who cared for the country, but only for themselves, whom the people call speculators, and they bought up flour and meal, and salt and things of that kind;
5. And sold these things unto the people, at rates immensely dear, so that those who were poor could not buy;
6. And many there were that suffered greatly because of the price of food, and of the great scarcity of corn.
7. Schools were discontinued, many churches were abandoned, and men card not to speak of anything save the great war and its stirring events.
8. The women of the South took great interest in matters pertaining to the war. They formed societies, and mad garments for the Southern soldiers, and baked cakes, and boiled hams, and sent many comforts to those who were in camp.
9. In the city of Memphis, the ladies fitted up a great house with beds, and carpets, and chairs, and invited all the soldiers that were sick, to come to that house.
10. And the ladies waited upon them, and gave them medicine, and food, and spoke kindly to them;
11. And when they recovered from sickness, they returned to the army blessing the memory of the ladies of Memphis;
12. And some there were that dies, and the ladies wept at their bedside, and followed them to that narrow home prepared for all living.
13. And many of those that recovered their strength, would have died, but for the kindness of these benevolent ladies.
14. Their great house was called "The Southern Mothers' Home," but it is now called "The Irving Prison."
15. As it was in Memphis, so was it in the North,- wives, daughters, sisters, and mothers, continued day and night to labor, to clothe and comfort those who were dear to them, and who were serving their country in the tented field.
16. And thus time rolled on, and this war progressed; a war of brothers fighting over the graves of their departed sires.
Commissioners Sent to Europe
1. About this time it came to pass, that there went forth a rumor through all the land, that England and France were about to acknowledge the Independence of the South.
2. When Jefferson heard this, he called together his wise men, and advised with them, whether he should not send discreet men to London and Paris, to urge those great powers to recognition.
3. And all the wise men advised Jefferson to do that thing; and he chose two men of great discretion, and he commissioned them to go to the Court of St. James, and also to the Court of Napoleon, and do all in their power to procure favor.
4. One of these Commissioners was Mason of Virginia, and the other was Slidell of Louisiana.
5. Now, these two Commissioners had to cross the ocean, but, all the ports in the South being blockaded, it was difficult for them to get out to sea.
6. But they ran the blockade, and arrived at Havana, a city of Cuba, surnamed "the gem of the ocean."
7. And it came to pass, that there was a British vessel at Cuba, bound for the land of Albion, and the Confederate Commissioners engaged their passage on that vessel.
8. And the vessel sailed from Cuba, and went out on the wide and deep sea, and was sailing toward the old world, with the flag of old England, streaming from her mast-head.
9. But certain messengers had gone to Abraham, and told him that Mason and Slidell had run the blockade, and were on their way across the ocean;
10. And Abraham sent word to the captains of vessels, and commanded them to watch every place on the sea, where any Confederate ship might pass, and to seize these Commissioners, and to cast them into prison;
11. Moreover, Abraham promised unto him who should take them, a gold chain, and to sit at his table, and to drink buttermilk out of his cup.
12. Then went out all the Captains of steamships, and the Commissioners of steam-tugs, and Commodores, and Admirals, and they covered the sea looking for the Confederate Commissioners;
13. And Commodore Wilkes lifted up his eyes, and beheld a ship sailing to the eastward.
14. And he pursued her, and overtook her, and demanded that the Confederate Commissioners should be surrendered to him.
15. But the Captain declared that they were passengers in his ship, and under the protection of the British flag, and he was loth to give them up;
16. But Commodore Wilkes could not be appeased, and took both Mason and Slidell, and brought them to New York, and cast them into prison.
17. When the British ship reached England, and the Captain had told what Commodore Wilkes had done, John Bull was angry, and the British lion began to rear.
18. For the people of England loved their flag, and were sore vexed because its rights had not been respected.
19. Then was Abraham alarmed lest he should have a war with England, and he communed with William, whose surname is Seward, and he told him what things had happened;
20. Now, William is a man of great cunning, and no man has ever been found, who could circumvent him;
21. And when William beheld that Abraham was troubled in spirit, and was ready to die, he was moved with compassion.
22. And he lifted up his voice, and spake kindly unto Abraham, and bade him not to fear.
23. Moreover, William said, we will send a letter to John Bull, and say that we did not authorize Commodore Wilkes to make the seizure, and then will his wrath be appeased.
24. And the saying pleased Abraham, and he released the two Commissioners, and sent a letter to the English Minister, saying, that the Government disavowed the act of Commodore Wilkes;
25. Then was John Bull reconciled, and grew merry over a bowl of punch, and smiled most graciously upon Abraham and his Cabinet.
Andrew Johnson and William Brownlow
1. Now as it is written in the eighth chapter of these Chronicles, Tennessee seceded along with Virginia and North Carolina.
2. Tennessee had long been known to love the South, and was regarded as acting with the Southern States in all important matters.
3. Her sons were brave and her daughters exceedingly fair and beautiful to look upon.
4. It was in Tennessee that Andrew, whose surname was "Old Hickory," dwelt, and his ashes are now resting beneath her soil.
5. It was in Tennessee that James, whose surname is Polk, had his habitation, and when he died he also was buried beneath her soil.
6. And Tennessee had become a great State. Her border extended from the mountains in the east, hard over against North Carolina, even unto the great Mississippi river.
7. Her chief cities were built of stone, and brick and marble; her farmers had grown rich upon the fat of the land, and her merchants were like unto princes.
8. And when Tennessee seceded from the Union, there were a few among her citizens that loved Abraham and the Republicans, and refused to secede with the State.
9. Among them was Andrew, whose surnames is Johnston, who dwelt in the Eastern part of the State, and he had been one of the Senators of Tennessee.
10. When he saw that Tennessee had seceded, he departed from her borders and went unto the land of Abraham, even unto the City of Washington.
11. And he abode there many months, and he gave advice to Abraham, and to William, and sought to overthrow Tennessee and the South.
12. Now the men of the South was angry with Andrew, and they cursed him in their hearts, and sought an opportunity to slay him.
13. And there was a man who dwelt in East Tennessee, in the city of Knoxville, and his name was William, and his surname was Brownlow.
14. And William was a prophet after the order of the Methodists, and he prophesied in all the regions round about Knoxville.
15. He had flocks, and herds, and cattle, and men- servants, and maid-servants.
16. Moreover, he was the editor of a paper called the "Knoxville Whig." He was a man valorous in speech, insomuch that he was called a "Fire-eater," which, being interpreted, means, "the fighting parson."
17. And he took the part of Andrew, and joined himself to Abraham and his party, and became and enemy to the South.
18. Then the men of the South took him and cast him into prison, and they pulled down his house, and spoiled his printing-office.
19. And William lifted up his voice and said unto them, Spare my life, I pray you.
20. Inasmuch as they did not wish to have blood upon their hands, they spared his life;
21. And they sent him to Abraham and William, and he abode at Washington.
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