Image from page 274 of "Bill Nye's history of the United States" (1894)
Authors: Nye, Bill, 1850-1896
Publisher: Philadelphia, J.B. Lippincott Co
Contributing Library: Cornell University Library
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uld havedone a cfood deal of trading there, no doubt, en-tirely on credit, thus injuring business ver^ muchand loading down Washington merchants withbook accounts, which, added to what they hadcharged already to members of Congress, wouldhave made times in Washington extremely dull. General McClellan, having impressed the coun-try v/ith the idea that he was a good bridge- HIS MONEY S WORTH WHEN HE PAYA BATTLE. SOME MORE FRATRICIDAL STRIFE. 273 builder, but a little too dilatory in the matter ofcarnage, was succeeded by General Burnside. President Lincoln had written the Proclamationof Emancipation to the slaves in July, but waitedfor a victory before publishing it. Bull Run as avictory was not up to his standard ; so when Leewas driven from Maryland the document wasissued by which all slaves in the United Statesbecame free ; and, although thirty-one years havepassed at this writing, they are still dropping inoccasionally from the back districts to inquireabout the truth of the report.
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STILL DROPPING IN OCCASIONALLY FROM THE BACK DISTRICTS. CHAPTER XXVII. STILL MORE FRATERNAL BLOODSHED, ON PRINCIPLE. OUTING FEATURES DISAPPEAR, AND GIVE PLACE TO STRAINED RELATIONS BETWEEN COMBATANTS,WHO BEGIN TO MIX THINGS. ON December 13 the years business closedwith the battle of Fredericksburg, underthe management of General Burnside.Twelve thousand Union troops were killed beforenight mercifully shut down upon the slaughter. The Confederates were protected by stone wallsand situated upon a commanding height, fromwhich they were able to shoot down the Yankeeswith perfect sang-froid and deliberation. In the midst of all these discouragements, thered brother fetched loose in Minnesota, Iowa,and Dakota, and massacred seven hundred men,women, and children. The outbreak was underthe management of Little Crow, and was confinedto the Sioux Nation. Thirty-nine of these Indianswere hanged on the same scaffold at Mankato,Minnesota, as a result of this wholesale murder. This execution consti
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