Civil War patriotic imprint with full color American shield at upper left. Imprint below: "Knoxville, April 22, 1861. Gen. Gideon J. Pillow- I have just received your message through Mr. Sale, requesting me to serve as Chaplain to your Brigade in the Southern Army; and in the spirit of kindness in which this request is made; but in all candor, I return for an answer, that when I shall have made up my mind to go to Hell, I will cut my throat and go direct, and not travel round by way of the Southern Confederacy. I am very respectfully, &c, W.G. Brownlow." Published by Young, Lockwood & Co., 165 Main St., Buffalo. Light age toning.
William G. Brownlow: (1805-77) A leading Tennessee Unionist during the Civil War. He was originally a Methodist minister, thus earning the lifelong nickname of "Parson." He became editor of the Knoxville Whig in 1849. Although a strong pro-slavery man, he violently opposed secession in 1861 and soon became a leader of Unionist elements in east Tennessee. Confederate authorities suppressed his newspaper and later imprisoned him for several months during the winter of 1861-62 on suspicion of complicity in the bridge burning that so incensed Jefferson Davis. Later released, he became a firm advocate of a hard war against the South. He was elected governor of Tennessee on the Republican ticket in 1865, and again in 1867. In 1869, he became a U.S. Senator.
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