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Re: Yet more information on Aughey's "Peace Society"

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  • slippymississippi
    Okay, this doc may be a bit more relevant and certainly less racy: http://www.webroots.org/library/usamilit/tdotc003.html In the course of the year further
    Message 1 of 3 , Aug 1, 2002
      Okay, this doc may be a bit more relevant and certainly less racy:

      http://www.webroots.org/library/usamilit/tdotc003.html

      In the course of the year further evidence was collected which
      satisfied the secret service of the existence of a mysterious and
      nameless society which had ramifications throughout Tennessee,
      Alabama, and Georgia. A detective who joined this "Peace Society," as
      it was called, for the purpose of betraying its secrets, had
      marvelous tales to tell of confidential information given to him by
      members, of how Missionary Ridge had been lost and Vicksburg had
      surrendered through the machinations of this society.*

      * What classes were represented in these organizations it is
      difficult if not impossible to determine. They seem to have been
      involved in the singular "peace movement" which is yet to be
      considered. This fact gives a possible clue to the problem of their
      membership. A suspiciously large number of the "peace" men were
      original anti-secessionists, and though many, perhaps most, of these
      who opposed secession became loyal servants of the Confederacy,
      historians may have jumped too quickly to the assumption that the
      sincerity of all of these men was above reproach.
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