Mr. Nasby Addresses Jefferson Davis: Gallipolis Journal, July 14, 1864, page 1

[For more information on the Nasby Letters, see Nasby Letters.]

Mr. Nasby Addresses Jefferson Davis.

Church of the Noo Dispenshen,    
, Joon the 12, 64.    

J. Davis—I address yoo in the bowils uv luv. I address youu ez the hed uv that church wich I stablished to defuse a gospil wich was suffishently elastic 2 save lokofokos and wimmin-whippers, uv wich classis I and yoo is shinin examples. I address you O Gefferson D., ez wun from the graiv, fer in a polittikle pint uv vew that’s where I’ve bin erer sence yo commenst that little effort at independense wich yoo hev not finisht yit. I hev no doubt that ewenchooly yoo’l sucseed—nary dout. Troo, we maid sum arers. In suposin wun Sutherner wuz eqal to 5 Northrin men, we waz slitely sold. Also, when we spozd the dimocrisy uv the North hed the pluck 2 openly resist the tirent Linkin, we was desceved muchly. Still, they hev dun yoo, perhaps, as much good ez tho they had tnk up arms. But they did it in their own way wich is sneakin. Evry animule goze at its biznis in a stile pekoolyer 2 itself. The eagle sores magestikly thro the bloo empyriam at it—the serpent crawls on his belly at it.—The shivelry wantid the life uv the Guvment and it sored at it—the Northrin democrisy wan’d the saim thing, and it sneaked at it. But remember, of Gefferson, the fang uv the sarpint is ez dedly ez the talens uv the eagle.

But 2 resoom. Yoo’ve found the eagle stile uv doin things a hard rode to travil—spozn yoo try the snaik? Gefferson, surrender. Ask uv the Northrin staits that they eech appint a Commishner to arrange the terms uv yoor kumin back.

Name yoor men, and be shoor that Fernandy wood uv Noo York, and sammy Cox uv Ohio, and the over blessid Brite uv Ingeany is uv them. Ef the Goriller Linkin refoozes, wat then? Methings we hev him. Let him refooze eny offer uv peese, and enuff week need ablishnists will jine the ranks uv the dimocrisy. [wich is low, alluz hez bin, and ever will be yoors 2 command] to enable us to carry the next eleckshun. Then, oh then, Gefferson woodent the old times kum agin. Woodent they?

Then spozn he submits, and yoo disband yoour armis, and surrender on good terms, what then? Can’t yoo see that the people wood ry Hozanner 2 us fer bringing about a peese, and woodent we carry the eleckshun on that? Oh, no! not enny!

Yoo know wat wood foller your return. The Dimocrisy uv to day is the saim ez they wuz under Peerse and Bookannon. The Ethiop cannot change his skin ner the Lepper his spots, and Noo Gersey is Noo Gersey still. Gor neez are in good workin order, and our bax is limber.—We are a mule saddled and bridled—mount and ride. To rool is your normel condishn—to serve is ourn. Rool, Gefferson, all we ask is a long pull, a strong pull, and a pull altogether, at the trezry. That’s all.

Gefferson, these segestions is frum a Dimocrat uv thirty yeres standin—wun whose record shode no skratched tikkits, and whose never watered whiskey. do not throw em aside unconsidered. They’re yor last chanse, and our last hoap. You may win by fitin, but alars! I can’t wate 20 yers fer a post orfis. Long ere that time whiskey will hev dun its perfick work upon me, and I shel hev pegd out. I want reddy releef, and that’s what’s the matter with the entire party. Our weel—our wo is in your hands—Gefferson be wise.

Petroleum V. Nasby,  
Paster uv sed churce in charge.

“Historical” John Brown’s old homestead on Portage Path, Akron, Ohio

["Historical" John Brown's old homestead on Portage Path, Akron, Ohio.<br />postcard published by The Albertype Co., Brooklyn, N.Y]

“Historical” John Brown’s old homestead on Portage Path, Akron, Ohio.
postcard published by The Albertype Co., Brooklyn, N.Y. Card is not postmarked and there is no date on the card, although the card appears similar to those issued by Albertype around the year 1910 or so, so probably dates to around that year.

Tennessee Rebel Flag: Nashville Daily Union, November 28, 1862, page 1

Note that the battle flag of the Tennessee regiments is the flag that most people today call the “Confederate flag”, although it never was an official Confederate national flag, although the description of the flag in the following article is slightly different regarding dimensions and number of stars.]

The Wisconsin Journal says that in the Governor‘s ante-room at the Capitol is suspended “a rebel battle-flag, some four feet long and two wide. It is a red cross, with eleven white stars on a blue ground, and is made of very cheap material. It has the following inscription attached to it:

Battle Flag 1st Tennessee Volunteers,
Captured by
Private Rice, Co. H, 1st Wisconsin Volunteers,
During bayonet charge of the Regiment at the battle of Chaplin Hills, Oct. 8th, 1862.

Federal loss, 5 killed and 7 wounded at the point of capture. Confederate loss, by actual count on the following day, 11 killed, and by statements of Confederate Surgeons 12 were wounded at the same point.