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The Benevolent Heart
It was not long after the war began in
1861 that the Northerners began to debate what was to be done to bring the Confederate
states back into the
We have learned that it was
With that in mind, it was
Why not, my boy?" was the commander's reply.
"They are sick rebel prisoners."
"That's exactly where I want to
Shot in both hips, Colonel Harry L.
Benbow, who had commanded three regiments at
"Looking him in the face, 'Mr., President,' I said, 'do you know to whom you offer your hand?'
"'I do not,' he replied.
"'Well,' said I, 'you offer it to a Confederate colonel who has fought you as hard as he could for four years.'
"'Well,' said he, 'I hope a Confederate colonel will not refuse me his hand.'
"'No, sir,' I replied, 'I will not,' and I clasped his hand in both of mine."
In a historical meeting with the great
commanders of the Civil War on the River Queen, as the war began to draw to a close on
In all of
When even Mrs. Lincoln declared that Jeff Davis should not be allowed "to escape the law, he must be hanged," her husband replied, "Judge not, that ye be not judged."
It was on
To this company of musicians,
Again, after Lee's surrender, a great
crowd had gathered on the White House lawn. In the midst of the festivities,
When General Weitzel implored what to do
with the conquered people
General Sherman, who was eager to hear any specific recommendations that might have occurred in the mind of the President on reconstruction of the South wrote, "Mr. Lincoln was full and frank in his conversation, assuring me that in his mind he was all ready for the civil reorganization of affairs at the South as soon as the war was over; and he distinctly authorized me to assure Governor Vance and the people of North Carolina, as soon as the rebel armies laid down their arms, and resumed their civil pursuits, they would at once be guaranteed all of their rights as citizens of a common country; and to avoid anarchy the state governments then in existence, with their civil functionaries, would be recognized by him as the government de facto till Congress could provide others. . .His earnest desire seemed to be to end the war speedily, without more bloodshed or devastation, and restore all the men of both sections to their homes. ."
Indeed, the great generals of the war
committed their hearts to the President's view. Sherman, the punisher who had led the
notorious march through
The Good Friday before Easter was filled with the usual business that accompanies any ordinary President who had just won a Civil war just a week before. The triumphant General Grant was invited to set that morning in his first session with the President and his cabinet.
Secretary Wells recalled
Later Seward heard the President say, "We can't undertake to run State governments in all these Southern States. Their people must do that - though I reckon that at first some of them may do it badly."
So the cabinet session of
Congress though was not of such a
benevolent mind. Vengeance was their aim!
Already, in 1864, Congress had proposed that Reconstruction wait until half the voters in a state had taken an oath of loyalty. A national debate followed that contested whether Congress or the President should establish reconstruction policy.
But during this same period of time
Then "about ten days ago I retired very late. I had been up waiting for important dispatches from the front. I could not have been long in bed when I fell into a slumber, for I was very weary. I soon began to dream. There seemed to be a death-like stillness about me. Then I heard subdued sobs, as if a number of people were weeping. I thought I left my bed and wandered downstairs. There the silence was broken by the same pitiful sobbing, but the mourners were invisible. I went from room to room; no living person was in sight, but the same mournful sounds of distress met me as I passed along. It was light in all the rooms; every object was familiar to me; but where were all the people who were grieving as if their hearts would break? I was puzzled and alarmed. What could be the meaning of all this? Determined to find the cause of the state of things so mysterious and so shocking, I kept on until I arrived at the East Room, which I entered. There I met with a sickening surprise. Before me was a catafaloque, on which rested a corpse wrapped in funeral vestments. Around it were stationed soldiers who were acting as guards; and a throng of people, some gazing mournfully at the corpse, whose face was covered, others weeping pitifully. 'Who is dead in the White House?' I demanded of one of the soldiers. 'The President,' was his answer, 'he was killed by an assassin!' Then came a burst of grief from the crowd, which awoke me from my dream. I slept no more that night; and although it was only a dream, I have been strangely annoyed by it ever since."
However, Lamon later recalled that the
dream continued to disturb
It was if
In order to illuminate Lamon,
The truth of
It was the Good Friday before
As the words were ushering from his
mouth, an intruder cautiously opened his carefully devised clandestine entry door.
"We could visit
Out in the prairie of
Out on the
Carl Sandburg wrote, "The last
breath was drawn at 21 minutes and 55 seconds past and the last heart beat
flickered at 22 minutes and ten seconds past the hour on
General Lee at first refused to hear the details of the murder. . . He said that when he dispossessed himself of the command of the rebel forces he kept in mind President Lincoln's benignity, and surrendered as much to the latter's goodness as to Grant's artillery. The General said that he "regretted Mr. Lincoln's death as much as any man in the North."
"The Pale Horse had come," wrote Sandburg. "To a deep river, to a far country, to a by-and-by whence no man returns, had gone the child of Nancy Hanks and Tom Lincoln, the wilderness boy who found far lights and rainbows to live by, whose name even before he died had become a legend in-woven with men's struggle for freedom the world over."
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Eventually Don served as a pastor at Calvary Chapel Bakersfield to witness thousands of salvations through that ministry. As the music/concert director, Don worked for seven years with most major Christian artist of that time while producing evangelical concerts attended by thousands of young people seeking after God. Dons Calvary Chapel Praise Choir released the album Let All Who Hath Breath Praise the Lord on the Maranatha! label.
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