Sunday, June 5, 2011

Beauregard: "Feds want Beauty and Booty"

  • General P.G.T. Beauregard, newly commanding the Alexandria Line, issues a proclamation today that reads in part, “A reckless and unprincipled tyrant has invaded your soil. Abraham Lincoln...has thrown his abolition hosts among you, who are murdering and imprisoning your citizens, confiscating and destroying your property, and committing other acts...too revolting to humanity to be enumerated.” The Union rallying cry, he says, is “Beauty and booty,” implying threats to women as well as other property. The war would prove Beauregard a prophet./1861
  • Federal marshals seize arms and gunpowder at the Du Pont works in Delaware and at Merrill & Thomas gun factory in Baltimore, Maryland, under suspicion that the munitions were headed to the South./1861

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