CHAPTER LXXVI

Chancellorville

1.  Now Burnside ceased to be commander of the Army of the Potomac, and Joseph, who is also called Hooker, became leader in his place.

2.  Now Hooker was a mighty warrior, and had achieved great things, whereof the whole world knew, even so that he was called "Fighting Jo."

3.  Now, Jo, said to himself, hath not George stiven to conquer the host of Lee, and hath not Burnside once and again gone forth to do this thing.

4.  Yet have they failed, in this, but I will not fail, for I think I am the one man reserved by Providence to destroy the great army of Lee.

5.  So Hooker went forth with a great multitude of soldiers and officers, and crossed over the river Rappahannock, and put the battle in array nigh unto the city which is called Chancellorville.

6.  Now Chancellorville is a city of one house and is distant from Fredericksburg about four leagues.

7.  And he sent forth a valiant horseman named Stoneman, with three thousand picked men, and commanded him to ride forth beyond the army of Lee, and to spoil the country, and burn the bridges, and tear up the railways.

8.  So that no provisions could be brought to the Rebels from Richmond, and so that the Rebel army would be compelled to fight.

9.  Now began a fierce battle, and it continued three days, and many were put to the point of the bayonet, and many were shot.

10.  And Hooker and his army withdrew from the fight, and crossed the river, and returned even unto the place from which they had gone forth.

11.  Now it was Seven days from the time when Hooker started across the Rappahannock, until the time he came back unto the place frm which they had gone forth.

12.  And Hook said, lo! I have gained a great victory.  But Lee said, also, the victory is plainly unto us.

13.  And the people murmured again, and said, old Joe braggeth, but his words come to naught.  Give us a man of fewer words to lead our armies to battle.

CHAPTER LXXVII

 Stoneman's Raid

1.  Now when Stoneman had gone out, as he had been commanded, to spoil the country of the enemy in the land of Dixie,

2.  He rode with great speed, and came near unto the City of Richmond, even within two miles of the City.

3.  And the soldiers that were with him scattered themselves to the East, and to the West, and to the North, and to the South,

4.  And destroyed bridges, and culverts, and ferries, and wagons, and trains of cars,

5.  Ad broke railroads, and canals, and burned canal-boats, and stations, and store-houses, and supply trains, and depots,

6.  An captured horses and mules, and three hundred prisoners of war.

7.  And visited many towns, and liberated many Ethiopians, and returned safe unto the place from which they had departed.

8.  Now the houses that Stoneman, and the cavalry that was with him, destroyed were one score and two, and the culverts were seven, and the bridges were five.

9.  And the wagons that were destroyed were an hundred and one score and two, and the horses captured were two hundred, and the mules one hundred and four.

10.  And the towns that the cavalry visited were one score and five, and the Ethiopians liberated were an hundred and two score and 10.

11.  Now the Ethiopians rejoiced greatly when they saw the horsemen draw nigh to liberated them, and they cried out, Behold, our deliverers come.

12.  And many lifted up their voices and gave thanks that ministers had been sent to deliver them from bondage.

13.  Now the land through which Stoneman rode, had been a land of milk and of honey, and in times past it had been full of richness.

14.  But the desolation of war had compassed it, and the glory of it had departed.

15.  The store of the merchant was empty, and the shop of the workman was like unto a ruin, and the dwelling places of the people were vacant.

16.  Men had ceased to go up to the temples to worship, and the fear of famine was in ght minds of the people.

17.  For the sins of the land had brought all this upon them, that they might repent and turn again unto righteousness.

CHAPTER LXVIII

Vallandigham

1.  Now, chief among the Copperheads, was our Clement, whose surname was Vallandigham, who dwelt in the City of Dayton, in the vale of the River Mad.

2.  And Clement was crafty, and full of wiles, and full of all wickedness, insomuch that Lucifer made him chief over all the Copperheads, and ruler over the hosta of the Butternuts.

3.  Now it came to pass that Clement went about speaking evil things of Abraham, and of the great Captains that Abraham had placed over the armies.

4.  But when Burnside heard these things he was wroth, for he abhorred the name of a traitor, and delighted greatly to bring Copperheads unto sorrow.

5.  And Burnside said, verily this Copperhead uttereth seditious words, and lieth unto the people.

6.  Moreover, hath he not violated the order which I gave unto the people, even order 38, and shall he not suffer for this thing?

7.  Hath not Abraham given all power into my hands, that I shall do whatever thing I please with the Copperheads? how, then, shall this chief of the Butternuts go unpunished?

8.  And Burnside called a troop, and commanded them, saying, Go ye into the city of Dayton, which lieth in the vale of the River Mad,

9.  And draw high unto the house of Clement, the Copperhead, and knock upon the door thereof, and if Clement cometh not out unto ye go pher him,

10.  And bring him unto the Queen City, that he may answer before me for that which he hath spoken.

11.  Now the troop went forth, as they had been commanded, and came unto the dwelling of Clement and knocked at the door thereof, and said, Come forth.

12.  But Clement thrust his head out of the window and spake bitterly, saying, I will not come forth.  And he fired upon the troop with his pistol.

13.  Then the Captain of the troop remembered that Burnside had said, If he will not come out, ye shall go pher him.

14.  So the Captain gave command unto the troop, and  they brake the door, and Clement they went for.

15.  And after these things, Clement was tried before a great council in the Queen City, and condemned for his much evil speaking, and Burnside commanded that he should be cast into prison.

CHAPTER LXXIX

More About Clement

1.  Now when Abraham heard that Clement had been condemned to be cast into prison, he had compassion on him, for Abraham was slow to anger and plenteous in mercy.

2.  And Abraham said surely my servant Burnside, hath dealt hardly with Clement, but I will not that Clement be cast in prison, for prison will be grievous unto Clement.

3.  And peradventure Clement will take cold if he lieth in prison, and if he taketh cold he will feel bad.

4.  And perhaps Mrs. Clement will feel bad also, if Clement goeth to prison, and I would not that Mrs. Clement should feel bad.

5.  So Abraham commanded that Clement should not be sent to prison, but that he should go into the land of Dixie, and make merry with his brethren.

6.  And Clement departed and went into the land of Dixie, and abode there not many days.

7.  For his brethren received him not, but said get thee into a shipyard go to the Province of Canada, and rest thee under the aegis of the British Lion.

8.  And it shall come to pass, that when thou standest on the border, and looketh over into the land of thy nativity, that the people of thy State shall say unto thee, Come and rule over us.

 9.  Now Clement believed what his brethren spake unto him, and he entered into a ship and set sail, and came unto the Province of Canada, and sat down under the British Lion's aegis.

10.  And Clement sitteth there to this day, looking over the border, and waiteth for the people to say unto him, Come and I rule over us.

CHAPTER LXXX

Port Gibson

1.  Now Ulysses overcame the Rebels in every conflict, and went against them like a devouring flame.

2.  And thousands flocked unto the standard of his army, and followed him into the battle, and his praise was in the months of the multitude.

3.  Now Ulysses went forth with power and with might, to conquer the strongholds of Vicksburg, and to enter the city, and to take captive those that were therein.

4.  But he came upon an army of Rebels, nigh unto a place called Port Gibson, and he set the battle in array against them.

5.  And it was about the eighth hour, and the fight continued all that day, and it was fierce and bloody.

6.  And of the Rebel force there were eleven thousand men, who drew sword, and who fired gun, and of these a great multitude were killed, and wounded, and many were, also taken captive.

7.  And of the army of Ulysses not many were slain, but the soldiers rejoiced in the battle, and followed after the Rebels with might and with valor.

8.  But the Rebels fled, and came unto Vicksburg, and took refuge within the strong forts of the city.

9.  And Ulysses following after, pitched upon the plains to the south of the city, and gathered a mighty force unto him.

10.  That he might besiege the place, and bring the inhabitants thereof to starvation.

11.  About this time the forts of Grand Gulf were captured, for the war vessels of the North came against them.

12.  Now is these days there was great hope in the army of the North, and the Chief Priest, and the rulers and officers, and the people, thought surely the end of the Rebellion draweth nigh.

13.  Yet they knew not that great battles were yet to be fought, and that many days of affliction were yet to be numbered.

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