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 51 - 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 161 - Well, if the mountain will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet will go to the mountain.
Page 328 - 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 20 - The civil magistrate should restrain crime, but never control opinion ; should punish guilt, but never violate the freedom of the soul.
Page 45 - No Co-operation with Slaveholders in Politics — No Fellowship with them in Religion — No Affiliation with them in Society.
Page 136 - ... 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.
Page 15 - ... not fall.* A new National Bank act was also passed, April, 1816; the old one having expired in 1811. In 1817, James Monroe, of Virginia, was elected President. During this term the interests of the country prospered. No struggle occurred between the politicians of New England and the South till 1820, when Missouri applied for admission into the Union as a Slave State. The Eastern States opposed it violently, on the ground of extending slavery. The Union was in danger of dissolution, when, finally,...
Page 21 - ... 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 45 - 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 52 - The first is, that however mixed the party, abolitionism is clearly its informing and actuating soul; 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 consummation of their aims. It is only the beginning of that consummation; and, if all history be not a lie, there will be cohersion enough till the end of the beginning is reached, and the dreadful banquet of slaughter and ruin shall glut the appetite.

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