The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 54, July 1950 - April, 1951 Page: 456
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secure one. He also said that he was reading history and good
In the next letter written in the spring, on March 26, 1864, he
told his mother that
the Western men have just started for Ohio to be ready when ex-
changes is made. A few days since the Flag of Truce arrived with
eight hundred of our Boys 8e a number of noted officers which the
Confederates seemed to admire as they had been in their hands for
a long time.
He also noted that "One very large Regt of Colored Fellows
Blacks from Rhode Island some fifteen hundred strong" was at
Annapolis and also some Michigan Indians. He continued:
The Confederates have goodly number of Carolina Red Men in their
imploy. What next will be thought of to deal out death and distruc-
tion perhaps mad Dogs will be turned loose kicking Horses or some-
thing of that sort. We have the Red, White & Black. What can we
have for Blue. Great satisfaction is felt on Lieut Gen Grant taking
command of the Army of the Potomac. I often wish I might partici-
pate with them in the Spring Campaign in their glory or their defeats.
On his twenty-third birthday, April 17, 1864, he wrote of a
visit by Generals Ulysses S. Grant and Ambrose Everett Burnside
Re [Grant] has not the noble countenance of Burnside perhaps he
has that within surpassing show. Burnside is realy a noble looking
man a high forehead in fact a model man in my opinion. Reading
Victor Hugo's sketches of Napoleon I have never before taken so
much interest in History.
The next month in May, 1864, Bullis was in Philadelphia and
wrote on the eighth that he was
... seated in a pleasant Room on Chestnut St. quite a change from a
Tent quite a number of soldiers are there from various parts of the
Theatre of War preparing for an examination ... However I am
keeping a Rebel from fighting now I suppose although I am doing
nothing and the Rebel the same rather Quaker warfare I think.
Quaker warfare or not, this paroling of prisoners on mutual
trust and then effecting an exchange of parolees afterwards was
civilized warfare and is in marked contrast to the bitter wars of
hate and distrust in the twentieth century. Not long afterwards,
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