Sketches of the Rise, Progress, and Decline of Secession: With a Narrative of Personal Adventures among the Rebels

Sketches of the Rise, Progress, and Decline of Secession: With a Narrative of Personal Adventures among the Rebels

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Sketches of the Rise, Progress, and Decline of Secession: With a Narrative of Personal Adventures among the Rebels

Sketches of the Rise, Progress, and Decline of Secession: With a Narrative of Personal Adventures among the Rebels

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I have prepared this work from the single stand-point of uncompromising devotion to the American Union as established by our fathers, and unmitigated hostility to the armed rebels who are seeking its destruction. My ancestors fought in its defence; and while their blood flows in my veins I shall instinctively recoil from bartering away the glory of its past and the prophecy of its future for the stained record of that vile thing, begotten by fraud, crime, and bad ambition, christened a Southern Confederacy. I cannot exchange historic renown for disgrace, national honor for infamy, how splendid soever may be the bribe or how violent soever may be the compulsion. This is my faith as an American citizen; and this book will show how sorely it has been put to the test. I claim, however, no merit, further than that arising from the discharge of a simple duty both of religion and patriotism. Thousands of my fellow-citizens have been . . .

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