A romance of the confederacy
by Francis Fontaine
page II ETOWAH.
A Romance of the Confederacy.
By FRANCIS FONTAINE.
"Is it possible that I see once more an old brother in arms? Algernon
Digby. I do not forget you; but it seems England has forgotten.
"By the soul of Belisarius! if I needed money, I would stand at a
crossing with my Waterloo medal over my breast, and say to each sleek
citizen I have helped to save from the sword of the Frenchman, 'It is
your shame if I starve.' Now lean upon me; I see you should be at
The poor soldier pointed his hand towards Oxford Street, and
reluctantly accepted the proffered arm."
-- From "My Novel," Lord Lytton.
PUBLISHED BY FRANCIS FONTAINE,
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Entered According to Act of Congress, in the
year of our Lord 1887,
By FRANCIS FONTAINE,
In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington, D. C.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
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To the disabled Confederate veterans, this book is
respectfully dedicated by a fellow-soldier, with the hope that
it may be the means of inaugurating a practical sympathy for
them commensurate with their necessities.
You confronted nearly three millions of enlisted men, during
four years of the bloodiest war on record, with a patriotism and
heroism unsurpassed in history. Of these 3,000,000 men enlisted
in the armies of the United States, 303,843 were killed during
the war, and the average of killed and wounded in battle, on one
side or the other, frequently exceeded thirty per cent. of the
Neither Waterloo, nor Wagram, nor Lodi, nor any of the great
battles fought by Napoleon, show as great percentage of losses
as the battles of the Wilderness and Spottsylvania, Chickamauga
Gettysburg or Shiloh.
At Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 54,000 men fell; at Chickamauga
, Georgia, 33,000 men
were killed and wounded. Malice can find no lasting place in a
hero's heart, and these figures are presented, not to revive
bitter memories of the past, but that the reader may appreciate
the enormous number of helpless, aged, and crippled veterans
throughout the Southern States. While twelve millions of dollars
a month are paid as pensions to the Federal soldiers, whether
wounded or not, no government pensions these Southern soldiers,
and no public charities have been organized for their benefit.
LET VETERAN'S HOMES BE BUILT FOR THOSE THAT ARE HELPLESS.
Philanthropy had never a nobler field of labor, and a
patriot's gratitude cannot find more worthy recipients than
these maimed heroes who yielded all in defence of their country.
We of the South owe it to them as a sacred duty, and the
great heart of the American people will esteem it a debt
worthily bestowed "
The soldier's spirit greets the soldier's call,
There is no hate between the brave and brave,
And he whose hand in battle labored first,
When darkness falls will labor first to save.
As a slight contribution to building a Veteran's Home in the
city of Atlanta, Georgia, one-half of the proceeds of this book
will be applied to that purpose.
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Scene.-- A Book-store in New York City.
Visitor--"Have you any book treating of the negro as a slave
and as a freedman and citizen? Any book that describes the
domestic life of the Southern people under the régime of
Bookseller--"Oh, yes, 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' is very popular."
Visitor--"I know that, and deservedly so. I have seen that
book all over Europe, translated into half a dozen languages.
But that treats of slavery as it was thought to be by the
Abolitionists before the late war between the States; it
describes the horrors, but not the brighter phases of slavery."
Bookseller--"We have The Impending Crisis,' by Helper. It was
recommended for circulation by sixty-eight members of Congress,
and also by the Secretary of State, when it was published."
Visitor--"That is not what I want, either. Like 'Uncle Tom's
Cabin,' it pandered to the prejudices of the Abolitionists and
advocated the confiscation of slave property without
compensation to the owners. It used the following language,
which shows the animus of the book:
"Frown, sirs; fret, foam, prepare your weapons, threaten,
strike, shoot, stab, bring on civil war; dissolve the Union. You
can neither foil nor intimidate us; we have determined to
abolish slavery, and, so help us God, abolish it we will!
Compensation to slave-owners for negroes! Preposterous idea; the
suggestion is criminal, the demand unjust, wicked, damnable,
monstrous. Shall we fee the curs of slavery to make them rich at
Such is the language used. That is not what I want."
Bookseller "Then what do you want? Ah! I have it, 'The Fool's
Errand' will suit you."
Visitor--"No; I have read that, too. That is worse than the
others, because it is written by a 'carpet-bagger' who settled
in the South after the war to make all he could for himself out
of the woes
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impoverished and disheartened people. What I want to find is a
book which will show the South as it was and is--the domestic
life and customs of the people, both white and black, both slave
and free--a book written to give the true history of that
remarkable struggle, which so puzzled foreigners, without
Northern or Southern prejudices."
Bookseller--"There is no such book printed, and, in my
judgment, there will never be. You may as well give up the
Visitor (sotto voce)--"We will see. Such a book is
needed, and I will write it."
And thus this unpretentious book has been written that the
reader may appreciate the motives which actuated the Southern
States in seceding from the Union.
In the light of experience, sufficient time has already
passed to justify the assertion that the great Republic has been
purified in the fiery crucible of war.
It is also evident that the Southern States, in the next half
century, will have advanced far more in all the arts, sciences
and appliances of civilization without slavery than with it. But
one can read all the histories from Northern sources that have
been written, and in none of them will be found the
unprejudiced, truthful description of the motives, sacrifices,
triumphs and losses of the Southern people during the four years
of war between the States. To give a faithful picture of life as
it was under the régime of slavery, "with malice to none
and charity for all," the author submits this simple story to
CONTENTS OF CHAPTERS.
||Au Clair de Lune
||The Tramontane Order
||For the Collegian
||The Stars and Bars
||Concerning the Mound Builders
||Mr. Wellington Napoleon Potts
||The Slave Mart
||The Two Democracies
||In Confederate Days
||Fuchsias and Geraniums
||Taking the Veil
||Reminiscences, The March to the Sea
||The March to the Sea
||The Bivouac of the Dead
||The Torch Bearers
||My Son Emile
||The Ku-Klux Klan
||From "The Newspaper"
||An American Sovereign
||At the Library
||Our Brother in Black