The Record of a Quaker Conscience

Cyrus Pringle's Diary

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Published: 1913
Language: English
Wordcount: 15,399 / 50 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 55.2
LoC Category: BL
Downloads: 448
Added to site: 2005.06.19
mnybks.net#: 10602
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Biography, Religion, War

The personal diary of a young Quaker, who was drafted for service in the Union Army in 1863. With an Introduction by Rufus M. Jones.

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efore the Board of Enrollment. On the day after, the 31st, I came before the Board. Respectfully those men listened to the exposition of our principles; and, on our representing that we looked for some relief from the President, the marshal released me for twenty days. Meanwhile appeared Lindley M. Macomber and was likewise, by the kindness of the marshal, though they had received instructions from the Provost Marshal General to show such claims no partiality, released to appear on the 20th day of the eighth month.

All these days we were urged by our acquaintances to pay our commutation money; by some through well-meant kindness and sympathy; by others through interest in the war; and by others still through a belief they entertained it was our duty. But we confess a higher duty than that to country; and, asking no military protection of our Government and grateful for none, deny any obligation to support so unlawful a system, as we hold a war to be even when waged in opposition to an evil and oppressive p

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