American Civil War Reference Library Vol 2 (A-K) Biographies by Kevin Hillstrom; Laurie Collier Hillstrom; Lawrence W Baker;

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Slavery is the most stupendous of all lies, and depends for existence upon a favorable adjustment of all its surroundings. Freedom of the speech, of the press, of education, of labor, of locomotion, and indeed all kinds of freedom, are felt to be a standing menace to slavery. Hence, the friends of slavery are bounded by the necessity of their system to do just what the history of the country shows they have done—that is, to seek to subvert all liberty, and to prevent all the safeguards of human rights.

Harriet Beecher Stowe 13 Theodore Upson 2 Excerpt from Journal of Theodore Upson Written in April 1861; originally published in 1943 A family’s reaction to the start of the Civil War T he Confederate attack on the Federal stronghold of Fort Sumter in April 1861 marked the beginning of the Civil War. The Confederate capture of Sumter made it clear that, after years of dark threats and bitter debate, the differences between the North and South would be settled on the battlefield. At first, many people in both regions expressed great enthusiasm for the coming war.

But he moved north to Illinois in the early 1850s, and by 1860 he had become a supporter of Abraham Lincoln. His brother John, however, remained in Virginia. ” Hurt and angered by his brother’s outburst, James responded with his own letter. In this letter, he stated that he never dreamed that a brother of his would ever “raise a hand to tear down the glorious Stars and Stripes, a flag that we have been taught from our cradle to look on with pride. . I would strike down my own brother if he dare to raise a hand to destroy that flag.

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