Scraps from the Prison Table: At Camp Chase and Johnson's Island

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W.W.H. Davis, Printer, 1868 - Camp Chase (Ohio) - 397 pages
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Page 37 - A house divided against itself cannot stand." I believe this Government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved, I do not expect the house to fall, but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other. Either the opponents of slavery will arrest the further spread of it, and place it where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in the course of ultimate extinction; or its advocates will push...
Page 312 - In view, however, of the very large number of prisoners now held by each party, and the suffering consequent upon their continued confinement, I now consent to the above proposal, and agree to deliver to you the prisoners held in captivity by the Confederate authorities, provided you agree to deliver an equal number of Confederate officers and men. As equal numbers are delivered from time to time, they will be declared exchanged. This proposal is made with the understanding that the officers and...
Page 149 - if the mountain will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet will go to the mountain.
Page 37 - ... poured upon the monarch's head, the decree has gone forth that the institution of Southern slavery shall be constrained within assigned limits. Though nature and Providence should send forth its branches like the banyan tree, to take root in congenial soil, here is a power superior to both, that says it shall wither and die within its own charmed circle.
Page 122 - ... cottage by the brookside," the "old oaken bucket," and a quiet sleep 'neath the "drooping willow," when life's fitful fever is o'er. There are but few, however, who realize these fancies, perfect happiness is not decreed to man, he is to "earn his bread by the sweat of his brow;" and when he does attain a day of peace, he "is cut down like a flower." I have rarely known a man to reach great pecuniary success in life, but that he was to suffer by family affliction. If a successful political gambler,...
Page 38 - Abolitionism and fanaticism is a blood-hound that never bolts its track when it has once lapped blood. The elevation of their candidate is far from being: the consumation of their aims. It is only the beginning of that consummation ; and if all history be not a lie, there will be coercion enough till the end of the beginning is reached and the dreadful banquet of slaughter and ruin shall glut the appetite.
Page 7 - ... house; he was no longer there. Three days before, he had left Salem, in winter snow and inclement weather, of which he remembered the severity even in his late old age. "For fourteen weeks, he was sorely tost in a bitter season, not knowing what bread or bed did mean.
Page 31 - Sirs, you can neither foil nor intimidate us ; our purpose is as firmly fixed as the eternal pillars of Heaven ; we have determined to abolish slavery, and, so help us God, abolish it we will...
Page 313 - Federal officials did not deem it worthy of a reply, or because they feared to make one? As the Federal authorities at that time had a large excess of prisoners, the effect of the proposal which I had made, if carried out, would have been to release all Union prisoners, while a large number of the Confederates would have remained in prison, awaiting the chances of the capture of their equivalents. II.
Page 31 - We are determined to abolish slavery at all hazards— in defiance of all the opposition, of whatever nature, it is possible for the slaveocrats to bring against us. Of this they may take due notice, and govern themselves accordingly."— (p.

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