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Description: A War Incident - Love Between Master and SlaveDate: May 21 1885
Newspaper published in: Huntsville, AL
Source: Madison County, AL Library
Page/Column: Page 1, Column 8
A WAR INCIDENT
The Love Between Master and Slave
As Shown at Island No. 10
Of General Alpheus Baker, now of this city, but formerly a citizen of Eufaula, Ala, a lawyer by profession, and an orator of great sweetness of diction and power, the following incident is related.
He owned a slave called Paris, before the war and at the time the first gun fired on Sumter. The slave was a huge negro, very dark in complexion, six feet two in stature, and correspondingly large in frame, making a perfect specimen of manhood physically. The general quit his home and family to follow the fortunes of the confederacy. He said to his servant Paris: “I am going to the war, Paris; will you go with me.” Paris, who loved and admired his master at once assented, and followed the wonderings of his master as a devoted squire, until the general, with those associated with him, was captured by Gen. John Pope at the Island No. 10 in the Mississippi River. In the presence of the federal soldiers, when the general was about to be hurried off as a prisoner to Johnson’s Island, his servant Paris came to see him. In the interview which took place, in which much that was affectionate occurred between the master and his old servant, the general said to him: “Well, Paris, what are you going to do?” Paris replied: “Well, mases, with the help of God, I’m going back to mistus and de chil’ern.” The two old friends, who had been boys together on the old plantation in the “Land of Rest,” and were about the same age, shook hands in silence and in tears. Paris turned to go, but had gone but a few feet away from his master when he turned toward him again, his soul swelling up from its lowest depths and his countenance all aglow with the fervor of pure affection, and rushed into his master’s arms, weeping like an infant, and exclaiming, “Mases, let me hug you!” The two men clasped each other, and their sighs and sobs brought tears to the eyes of the victors who surrounded them, and the expression was heard: “Great God, see what affection between the master and his old servant!”
And that affection between master and worthy servant remains to-day in all the south, and will be a bulwark of the conservative element of the country through all coming time.