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By Mara L. Pratt

Tales of the good clash from the time Lincoln grew to become president and the southern states seceded, throughout the battles of Bull Run, Shiloh, Antietam, Vicksburg, Gettysburg, Chickamauga, till the shut of the warfare. contains poems, songs, and illustrations commemorating the occasions. appropriate for a long time eight and up.

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These negroes, too, in spite of all their years of slavery, were still full of noise and music. Some of their songs are very funny, both in words and tune; others are so sad and weary; they speak to you of those dark, dark days when these poor men and women worked like cattle through the long hot days, were whipped and driven like cattle, and were bought and sold like cattle in the market place. It began to be a serious question what to do with these negroes. The object of the war was not to free the slaves, but to preserve the Union.

Grant himself was down the river when the attack began; up he galloped to the scene of battle in a "double quick" run you may be sure. "They have come out prepared to fight for several days, General," said one of the soldiers. " asked Grant. "Because they have their haversacks filled with rations," was the reply. "Get me one of those haversacks," said Grant quickly. One was brought. Grant examined it carefully, and saw that it was rationed for three days. "This means retreat, retreat, boys," cried Grant.

These regiments, the Seventh New York and the Eighth Massachusetts, arrived safely at Washington, and the capital was safe. But on account of the Secessionists in Baltimore, these troops had been obliged to get to Washington in a very roundabout way, to avoid being attacked as the Massachusetts Sixth had been. "Now," said Butler, when he had fairly got his regiment in order after their march, "the city of Baltimore must be taken. The city is made up of Union men and women, but they are kept down by the few "Secessionists" there.

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