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A Civil War treasury: being a miscellany of arms and by Albert A. Nofi

By Albert A. Nofi

A Civil battle Treasury supplies a deeper figuring out of the human aspect of the battle and its extra technical points besides. the decisions are prepared in a approximately chronological order and there's a short advent to every bankruptcy which outlines the crucial advancements of every 12 months of the warfare.

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Although President James K. Polk intervened to suspend sentence, Fremont resigned in early 1848. Settling in California, Fremont soon acquired vast lands, grew rich from the gold rush, and was elected to the Senate. Meanwhile, various railroad interests employed him to explore possible routes over the Rockies. An early supporter of the infant Republican Party, Fremont was its first candidate for president, going down to defeat in 1856 at the hands of James Buchanan; had he won he would have been the youngest man ever elected.

By selling apples he raised the eleven cents necessary to buy a copy of Webster's speller and proceeded to teach himself. The first words he wrote, tracing them in charcoal, were "Isaac Riley," his master's name. The latter, however, took a dim view of slaves reading and administered a savage beating, with the result that Henson gave up the attempt. As he grew older, "Sie" Henson became a trusted retainer of the Riley family and was often taken on business trips by his master. On one such trip to Kentucky, Henson became a Methodist preacher.

At times a tale likely to be apocryphal has been included if it seems to show the spirit of the times, or just because it's too good to omit, though care has been taken to note the dubious provenance of such items. It should be remembered that many Civil War stories are genuine folk tales and exist in several versions, often involving different people at different times and in different places. As the Civil War was an era of particularly formal and florid speech, a number of original items have been rewritten to make them both shorter and more readily understandable to our simpler tastes, when the flavor will not suffer from the operation.

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