I don't know if I've ever read anything quite so moving. Maybe it's the hour. Maybe it's the coffee. Doesn't matter. Thank you."Missis, we even now. You sold all my children. God took all yourn. Not one to bury either of us. Now I forgive you."
General Robert E. Lee's aide-de-camp, Col. Charles Marshall, in his memoirs."It is very certain that the immediate cause of the political agitation which culminated in the dissolution of the Union was the institution of slavery." "There can be no doubt," he wrote, "that the Southern people" were "fighting to maintain slavery or prevent its overthrow by the hands of their enemies."
In a recent battle fell a secession colonel, the last remaining son of his mother, and she a widow. That mother had sold eleven children of an old slave mother, her servant.
That servant went to her and said,
"Missis, we even now. You sold all my children. God took all yourn. Not one to bury either of us. Now I forgive you."
--Atlantic Monthly, January 1863.
I have to agree with Ole, that this is one of the saddest things I have ever read. This grips my heart, no matter what hour.
Hardtack Baker (Mrs. McNamara, Minnesota frontier)