Tragic Years, 1860-1865: A Documentary History of the American Civil War - Vol. 2

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CHAPTER 37
A KING’S CURE
FOR ALL EVILS

TED UPSON remembered a day back home in Lima, Indiana, during March 1859—Ted was going on fourteen then—when Cooper Dayton, his mother’s brother from Nashville, and the Reverend Cory “got to talking right away and both got pretty mad for Preachers.”

“Now, Brother Cory,” Cooper Dayton asked, “if you had your own way what would you do with the slaves?”

“Free them, sir! Free them at once! You have no right to hold them a day longer in slavery.”

Cooper Dayton looked at Cory. “My!” he said. “How you must love a Nigger!”


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Almost four years of war had changed people, attitudes, circumstances.

Theodore Upson, of Company C, 100th Indiana InfantryTed was going on twenty nowwas one of Sherman’s boys who were finding the Christmas holidays in Savannah a midwinter picnic:1

We have been having a Christmas Jubilee. The boys raised some money and I went down into the City to get some stuff. We have a Darky cook, and he said, “You alls get the greginces and I will get you alls up a fine dinner sure.” I got some chickens, canned goods, condensed milk, and a dozen eggs. These cost me pretty dear—13.00 per doz. I wouldn’t have minded so much, but when we came to use them there

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • 1863 - Continued ix
  • Chapter 23 - Mississippi High Jinks- Vicksburg 563
  • Chapter 24 - Seesaw- Vicksbrg and Gettysburg 599
  • Chapter 25 - Fateful July 633
  • Chapter 26 - The Rock of Chickamauga 669
  • Chapter 27 - "The Year of the Proclamation" 703
  • Chapter 28 - The Depths of Suffering 722
  • 1864 751
  • Chapter 29 - "A Hideous Failure" 753
  • Chapter 30 - "Cries Arose of Grant!" 780
  • Chapter 31 - "Bold Offensive" 813
  • Chapter 32 - From Cherbourg Harbor to Peach Tree Creek 839
  • Chapter 33 - "War Is War" 868
  • Chapter 34 - The Best of Freedom 898
  • Chapter 35 - While All Georgia Howled 924
  • Chapter 36 - A Gift for Mr. Lincoln 949
  • 1865 971
  • Chapter 37 - A King’s Cure for All Evils 973
  • Chapter 38 - The Hard Hand of War 991
  • Chapter 39 - "An Affectionate Farewell" 1012
  • Chapter 40 - "Where I Left Off" 1043
  • Notes 1052
  • Index 1067
  • About the Authors 1098
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