Honest Abe's negroes burn Jacksonville, Florida

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Sent me by brave comrade Ray Goodwin in Texas:

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More on the behavior of the “good guys” in the War for Freedom (1861-65)

What sort of people loot and burn down churches of their own countrymen? The New York Tribune reporter below must have wondered how Lincoln planned to save the fraternal Union with barbarians such as the ones described below. Only a few months later, the reporters fellow New Yorkers would riot against Lincolns brutal war policies and imprisonment of civilians, only to be violently suppressed by General Beast Butlers soldiers fresh from killing Americans at Gettysburg.

[JdN: Read about this vicious, despicable, incompetent yet politically connected, hypocritical, white self-hater and psychopath from Massachusetts, the kind that gives the bloodthirsty New England “liberals” a very bad name down South: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Franklin_Butler_%28politician%29]

Bernhard Thuersam, Director

Cape Fear Historical Institute, www.cfhi.net

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The Barbarians Depart Jacksonville:

on March 28, 1863, Colonel Rust received orders to evacuate Jacksonville and terminate the East Florida operation. At 8 AM on the morning of March 28, as the troops began boarding their transports, first one, then another, and finally a third column of smoke rose from the citySome of the troops began rioting, plundering, vandalizing, and setting the town on fire with torches. On the day before, there had been warning that this might occur. That day, the New York Tribune correspondent reported: The beautiful little cottage used as the Catholic parsonage, together with the church, was fired by some of the soldiers, and in a short time burned to the ground.

The soldiers had plundered the church of any items of value and destroyed the organ, abandoning the building ahead of the flames, celebrating the occasion by blowing through an organ pipe. Now it was happeningbefore the horrified eyes of the reporter. From the deck of his ship, he reported the ugly scene before him:

I am writing now from the deck of a fine transport ship, the Boston. From this upper deck the scene presented to the spectator is one of fearful magnificence. On every side, from every quarter of the city, dense clouds of black smoke and flame are bursting through the mansions and warehouses. The whole city, mansions, warehouses, trees, shrubbery, and orange groves; all that refined taste and art through many years have made beautiful and attractive, are being lapped up and devoured by this howling fiery blast.Is not this war—vindictive, unrelenting war? Have we not gotten up to the European standard?

There were other witnessesInside the city, Dr. Alfred Walton [reported]:

Before we were ready to embark the boys began to set fire to the cityOn my way down I ran intoa church and groping through the smoke and fire I took from the altar a large gilt-bound prayer book with the inscription on the cover, St. Johns Episcopal Church, Jacksonville. Farther down on Market Street I entered a building that appeared to be some kind of office and from a table or desk I took a manuscript map of the city of Jacksonville. Farther down I saw some Negro soldiers setting fires and from their songs and shouting they appeared to be having a good time [Davis, History of Jacksonville, p. 132].

Calvin Rogerspinpointed how and where he believed the fires had been started:

One fire was set by soldiers of the 8th Maine…Another by the 6th Connecticuta third fire was kindled by a mulatto soldier of Col. Montgomerys Regiment, named Isaac Smith

The sight and roar of the flames, and the rolling clouds of smoke, brought home to the impressionable minds of the black soldiers all their favorite imagery of the Judgment Day, Col. [Thomas] Higginson observed.excited by the spectacle and sang and exhorted without ceasing.

(Jacksonvilles Ordeal by Fire, Martin & Schafer, Florida Publishing Company, 1984, pp. 161-163)

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………..and the amazing thing is when you read Wikipedia’s article on this incident, there is nothing……

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