The Old Miller in Nashville
|1. Now in these days it came to pass, that John, whose
surname is Morgan, with about twelve hundred men, was in the province of
2. And they burnt bridges, stopped trains, stole horses, robbed houses, and the hearts of the people sank within them.
3. And they were in many skirmishes in regions about Lebanon and Murfreesboro.
4. And they took many Federal prisoners, and sent them to Richmond to see what Jefferson would do with them.
5. And John was the most cunning of all men, insomuch that no man upon the face of the earth was like unto him.
6. When he saw that Nashville was full of Federals, and that there were pickets on all sides, he laid aside his regimentals and his sword;
7. And he attired himself in the coarse garb of a miller, wit a patched coat, and a slouched hat, and unsightly brogans;
8. And he drove a wagon with six oxen into the city, and the wagon was loaded with meal, and hens' eggs, and fresh butter.
9. And he passed the pickets; fro they did not know that the miller was John Morgan, the rebel.
10. And he went into the city, and visited the market, and all the places of the city, and sold produce to all that would buy.
11. And John saw how many armed men was guarding the city, and how their fortifications were built.
12. Moreover, he sat at the table with the officers, and ate fried eggs with them, and drank brandy, and cracked jokes.
13. An they even spake together of John, and his late deeds, nor did they for a moment suppose that the old miller before them was the veritable John.
14. And John learned all that he cared to know, and then he arose and took his ox-whip, and drove his wagon, and departed from the city.
15. An when the Federals found out that the old miller was no other than John, whose surname is Morgan, they feared greatly;
16. And they doubled their guards, and commanded every miller and egg-peddler to be arrested.
17. And John put on his uniform, and again took charge of his men, and set off on an expedition.
18. An all men feared John, because of his cunning, and the many deeds he performed.
The Edict of Emancipation
1. Now when the year of Jubilee was come, Abraham numbered the tribes that were in rebellion and arms against the Union,
2. In the land of Texas, and the land of Arkansas, and the land of Louisiana, and the land of Mississippi, and the land of Alabama,
3. Of the land of Florida, and the land of Georgia, and the land of the Carolinas, and the land of Virginia,
4. And Abraham proclaimed that the slaves of the tribes in rebellion should be free, and that the armies of the North maintain the freedom of them.
5. An Abraham enjoined upon the Ethiopians, that they should do no violence to any many, except in necessary self-defense.
6. And Abraham further declared that the Ethiopians, who were freed, should be received into armed service of the State, to garrison forts and positions and stations, and to man vessels of all sorts.
7. And Abraham invoked the considerate judgment of mankind, and the gracious favor of Almighty God on the edict which he had written.
8. Now the number of Ethiopians that were made free by the edict of Abraham was three millions and one hundred and nineteen thousand and three hundred and four score and ten souls.
9. Therefore there was great rejoicing in the loyal North, and the Ethiopians gathered together in great meetings.
10. And there was shouting and singing and speech-making, and the beating of drums and the firing of cannon.
11. And many cheers were given for Abraham, and for Horace, and for Garrison, and for Cheever.
12. And many contrabands went up to the temples and gave thanks and sang praises.
13. And one arose in the midst of the temple, and lifted up his voice and prayed, saying,
14. "We 'seech thee, O Lord! to 'member de Union arm, support dem on de right and left to carry on dy work;
15. Go before dem like de burning lamp. 'Member de President, de sea sailors and de lan' trabblers; 'member me de meanest ob dem all.
16. Write us a ticket, oh Lord, an' gib us free admission to heabeen. Amen."
1. When Abraham and his counsellers knew how great was the expense of the war, and how the gold and treasure of the nation were spent, and that much money was needed to pay the soldiers and the sailors and the artificers and the husbandmen and the shoulder-strappers.
2. A wise man named Salmon arose and said, Father Abraham and all ye counsellors, behold I had a dream, and the spirit of the Lord enlightened me, and revealed unto me what should be done, and if ye will I will recount unto you this heavenly direction.
3. Then Abraham said with a loud voice, Salmon speak on, and the counsellors said, Amen.
4. The Salmon opened his mouth and spake
5. Lo, in the depths of the night a new intelligence was given unto me, so that I understood divine sayings
6. An a voice called unto me, saying, Salmon, Arise, get thee into the District of Columbia, and cause to be engraved many likenesses both of Abraham and of thyself.
7. And let the likenesses be printed on strong papers about seven inches and a half long and about three inches and a quarter wide.
8. And let there be engraved also and printed on the papers figures and marks, and letters and signs and symbols so that no many can make any thing like unto them.
9. And let the name of Chittenden be printed on each paper, and the name also of Spinner in characters that no man can read and no man can write.
10. And let these papers be printed with green ink, and let them be called greenbacks.
11. And the greenbacks shall stand for value, and be taken in payment for debts, and shall represent the nation's credit.
12. And whosoever refuseth to take the greenbacks for payment of debt or to acknowledge their value, let him be unto you an outcast and a traitor.
13. Now when Salmon ceased speaking, the men and elders counselled together, even the wise men of the mighty Sanhedrim.
14. And resolved that it should be as Salmon had dreamed.
15. And they caused to be printed many likenesses of Abraham and of Salmon.
16. And caused to be engraved also and printed on the papers figures and marks, and letters and signs and symbols, so that man could make any thing like unto them.
17. And caused the name of Chittenden to be printed on each paper, and the name also of Spinner in characters that no many could read and no man could write.
18. A behold these papers were made and printed even as the Lord had directed Salmon in the dream, and they were called also greenbacks.
1. Now when the greenbacks were scattered to the East and to the West, and to the north and to the South,
2. And came into the hands of any man who would labor, that he might buy food and raiment.
3. Behold great was the prosperity of the land, and glad were the hearts of the people.
4. For even as the red blood of the heart giveth health to the body, making the limbs move with joy and the eye beam with gladness.
5. So ran the rich steams of wealth through the Nation, giving new life to business and new zest to pleasure.
6. For cities grew and waxed very great, and the land was overflowing with fatness.
7. And the people said, surely they of the South were false prophets who foretold that grass should grow in the streets of the Queen City.
8. For we have been up and down through the streets thereof, even from Front street to Brighton, and from Mill Creek unto Pendleton.
9. But nary blade of grass could we see in the streets and nary house vacant.
10. But the noise of building is heard in every square, and no one in the whole city sitteth idle.
11. The stalls of the merchants are filled with rich stuffs, and the ladies are dressed in silks and fine linens.
12. The hands of the artificer are busy, the teacher gathereth many to hear the voice of his instruction, and the Priests speak unto mighty congregations.
13. Sing, oh ye people! and let not the voice of thanksgiving be withheld, for great is the prosperity of the nations, and mighty is the power thereof.
1. Now after the edict of Abraham had gone out, many Ethiopians fled from the land of Dixie, and came and took refuge in the tents of Abraham.
2. And arms were put into their hands, and captains were placed over them, who should set them in battle array, and lead them against the Rebels, even against those who had been their masters.
3. Now when the Ethiopians heard this they feared not, but they scratched in the midst of the wool which groweth upon the crown of their heads.
4. And the white of their eyes shone like unto snow in the night, or like unto an onion that hath been newly pealed.
5. Now many laughed when the rulers sent forth the Ethiopians, and they said surely this is a good joke, for are not the contrabands a race of cowards, how then shall they contend with the chivalry of Dixie?
6. Nevertheless it came to pass that the Ethiopians fought bravely, and overcame even the chivalry and put them to shame.
7. So that those who had laughed look grave, and said, truly are the Ethiopians a valiant people, and so we have always thought.
8. Of a truth they fight even as tigers, and that this would be so we have always declared.
9. Now when Jefferson knew that the Ethiopians were in arms against the Rebels, his wrath was kindled mightily, and he sent forth spiteful words, even as a rocket sends forth fire.
10. And he made many terrible threats that the Ethiopians might be frightened, and cease from troubling the Rebels.
11. But the Ethiopians heeded not Jefferson for his much speaking, but each man loaded his musket and did grin.
12. And whatsoever Secesh came in their way they 'went for,' and whomsoever they went for they "gobbled."
13. Now many Ethiopians went out of the gunboats, and many were armed with spades and with shovels, and did build walls and make strong fortresses for a defense against the Rebels.
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