Sketches of the Bench and Bar of Tennessee

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General Books, 2010 - 196 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 Excerpt: ... He was able, firm, impartial, and perfectly honest. At the end of the term he was urged to become a candidate again, but I declined, voluntarily retiring, for the purpose of giving attention to his private affairs. In 1853 he moved his family from Carthage to Lebanon, and accepted the position of President of the Bank of Middle Tennessee. In the Presidential campaign of 1860 he supported Bell and Everett, and in 1861 canvassed the State in opposition to secession. He was an unswerving and outspoken supporter of the Union, and was among the most prominent of the Tennesseans who refused to go with the State when it seceded. He was offered the command of all' ' the Tennessee forces "raised and to be raised for the Confederate army," but declined. In May, 1862, he was unanimously chosen president of a mass meeting of Union citizens held at Nashville, and composed of such men as Edmund Cooper, Jordan Stokes, Russell Houston, E. H. East and Balie Peyton. This meeting appointed a committee which prepared an address to the people of Tennessee, urging a return of the State to the Federal Union. On July 23, 1862, Governor Campbell accepted the office of Brigadier-General in the Federal army, with the understanding that he should not be assigned to duty in the field. It is said that he accepted this position with the hope that he might act as a peacemaker between the government and the people of Tennessee. Finding that the condition of affairs forbade all hope of this, and his health becoming impaired, he resigned in September, 1862, having resolved that he would never draw his sword against the people of Tennessee, even though he believed them to 'be wrong in seceding. In 1864 he was favorably mentioned in connection l with the nomination for the V...

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