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The Story of Corpus Christi, Chapter V. Civil War—1861, pp. 19-22

The Story of Corpus Christi by  Mary Augusta Sutherland
CHAPTER V. Civil War—1861.
The bugle sounded and the cavalry sprang into life. Drums beat the long roll and the infantry hep, hep, to the command of its officers. Captain Wm. Maltby, with his Lieutenants McDonough and Russell, and a force of men, sailed over and fortified Aransas Pass. The ladies of the city got together and fashioned a Confederate flag. This flag was presented from the old Court House steps, to the Company of Captain Neal. The flag was presented by Miss Mary Woessner, who stood on the steps surrounded by her schoolgirl friends, all dressed in white, and the hardy warriors stood ranked below, for only warriors dwelt on the frontier of this day. The banner was presented in a neat speech, which voiced the sentiment of her hearers. A new nation had been born; here was her emblem. W. B. Wrather received the flag on behalf of the Company, and promised to carry it to victory or death. The wildest enthusiasm prevailed, and a…

Prayers and Other Devotions For the Use of the Soldiers of the Army of the Confederate States, pp. 5-6

Prayers and Other Devotions For the Use of the Soldiers of the Army of the Confederate States, pp. 5-6
The Soldier's Prayer in Camp.
O Eternal God, who by Thy unsearchable wisdom, by Thy Almighty power and secret providence, dost determine the issues of human counsels, the events of war and the return of victory and peace, let the light of Thy countenance, and the blessed influence of Thy mercy, be once more shed upon this afflicted land. Pity the evils which we suffer under the power and tyranny of war, and although we acknowledge Thy justice in our sufferings and adore Thee in thy judgments, yet we beseech Thee to hearken to our prayers and provide a remedy for our calamities. Let not the defenders of a righteous cause go away ashamed, nor their counsels be brought to nought. Look with compassion upon our infirmities and remember not our sins, but support us with Thy staff, lift us up with Thy hand, and refresh us with Thy presence. And if a threatening …

The Soul of Abraham Lincoln, pp 146-155

The Soul of Abraham Lincoln, pp 146-155 by William Eleazor Barton

In the chapter on the "Conditions of Lincoln's Young Manhood at New Salem "mention was made of the "book" which Lincoln is said to have written, opposed to the Christian religion, a book which his employer, Samuel Hill, is said to have snatched from his hand and thrown into the fire lest Lincoln's infidelity should ruin his political career. To have treated this subject at length would have thrown that chapter out of focus, and it is time that we should learn the truth about it.
        Colonel Lamon tells us about this book thus:  "He had made himself thoroughly familiar with the writings of Paine and Volney,—the Ruins by one and the Age of Reason by the other. His mind was full of the subject, and he felt an itching to write. He did write, and the result was a 'little book.' It was probably merely an extended essay, 1 but…

Autobiography of Eppa Hunton, pp. 9-11

Autobiography of Eppa Hunton, pp. 9-11 by Eppa Hunton
During this period, up to 1860, 1 had practiced my profession at Brentsville, with some success. I got a good practice and accumulated property. Excitement sometime before had begun to run very high between the North and the South. The question of slavery was the exciting cause. The North had the largest territory and the greatest population, and became very violent against the South on the question of slavery. Seward, one of the leading statesmen of the North, declared that this Union could not exist one-half slave and the other half free. Scenes of turmoil and violence occurred in both houses of Congress, and the patriotic and peace-loving man looked forward with the utmost dread to the future. In 1860, the Democratic Party, which had been a unit up to that time and had always managed to hold the balance of power, was divided upon the "free-soil" question. The Party met in convention at Charleston…

Life of Jefferson Davis, With A Secret History of the Southern Confederacy, pp. 87-91

Life of Jefferson Davis, With A Secret History of the Southern Confederacy by Edward A. Pollard
Chapter VI
When Mr. Lincoln delivered his inaugural speech from the portico of the Washington Capitol, he stood no longer in front only of a hostile and disorderly popular sentiment in the South, but in front of a government organized there, an actual structure of state discharging all political functions, furnished for war, and inspired for a desperate encounter. It was a singular and imposing spectacle—a government of insurgents quietly assuming power and organization without a struggle, and continuing for the space of months unchallenged and uninterrupted in its operations. It had come quietly into existence in the month of February. The secret revolutionary junta had proposed a convention of the seceding States on the 15th of this month. It assembled some days earlier. Mississippi—the State of Jefferson Davis—was the first to propose distinctly the idea of a South…