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Bill Arp's Peace Papers
     

Bill Arp's Peace Papers

by Bill Arp, David B. Parker
 

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First published in 1873, Bill Arp's Peace Papers, by Charles Henry Smith (1826-1903), is a collection of writings from the Civil War and Reconstruction by the Confederacy's most famous humorist. Smith, a lawyer in Rome, Georgia, took the penname "Bill Arp" in April 1861, following the firing on Fort Sumter, when he wrote a satiric response to Abraham Lincoln's

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First published in 1873, Bill Arp's Peace Papers, by Charles Henry Smith (1826-1903), is a collection of writings from the Civil War and Reconstruction by the Confederacy's most famous humorist. Smith, a lawyer in Rome, Georgia, took the penname "Bill Arp" in April 1861, following the firing on Fort Sumter, when he wrote a satiric response to Abraham Lincoln's proclamation ordering the Southern rebels to disperse within twenty days. In his letter addressed to "Mister Linkhorn" and written in the semiliterate backwoods dialect adopted by numerous mid-nineteenth-century humorists, Smith advised the president, "I tried my darndest yisterday to disperse and retire... but it was no go."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570038358
Publisher:
University of South Carolina Press
Publication date:
07/01/2009
Series:
Southern Classics Series
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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said it was a little Faktory on an iland in Lake Champlain, where they make sand bags. My [Testing the Vohmtecn.] opinion is, that sand bag bisness won't pay, and it is a great waste of money. Our boys here carrythere sand in there gizzards, where it keeps better, and is always handy. I'm afeered your Gover- ment is givin you and your kangaroo a great deal of onnecessary trubbul, and my humble advice is, if things don't work better soon, you'd better grease it, or trade the darned old thing off. I'd show you a slite-of-hand trick that would change the whole concern into buttons quick. If you don't trade or do sumthin else with it soon, it will spile or die on your hands, sertain. Give my respekts to Bill Seward and the other members of the kangaroo. What's Hannibal doin ?, I don't hear anything from him nowadays. Yours, with care, Bill Arp. P. S. If you can possibly xtend that order to thirty days, do so. We have sent you a CHECK at Harper's Ferry (who keeps that darnd old ferry now ? its giving us a heap of trubble), but if you positively won't xtend, we'll send you a chek drawn by Jeff Davis, Borygard endorser, payable on sight anywhere. Yours, B. A. SECOND PAPER. TO MR. ABE UNKHORN. Sentkrville, Ginnerwerry 12, 1862. MR. LlNKHORN, SUR: In the spring of the year I writ you a letter from my native sile, axin for a litle more time to disperse. I told you then that twenty days was not enuf that the thing could not be Idid in that brief interval. You can look back and isee I was right. We tried our durndest to komply with your skedule, but as you kept callin for volunteers, our Cherokee Georgia Democrats kept 'comin out from under their clay roots. They shuk themselves and spitfire, and wouldn't go back as long as the Whigs would read em the news about...

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