LIFE OF GORDON.
cal management, he saved up money enough to buy
his time. Thus his far-seeing- wisdom and active in-
dustry have set him free.
Nancy, the mother of little Charley, married Dan¬
iel Gordon, the father of Charley. At the hour when
the nation was approximating the greatest of all
events in the annals of her national history, when
the star of freedom begun to rise, Charles B. W.
Gordon is thrown into the world amidst the crisis of
the Negro race—a son of thunder, a man of war, a
child of heroic blood, as if born to rule the storm.
In a short time thereafter his father, Daniel Gor¬
don, who had been in ante bellum days a preacher,
joins the Yankees.:j:
Before it was universally known that the Negroes
would be free, the brave and heroic Nancy took lit¬
tle Charley in her arms, and went to Plymouth,
where the Yankees were, who of course gave her
protection. When the Mighty God spoke through
the mouth of the cannon and dispelled the dark
mist which enshrouded the South, bursting, at the
same stroke, the shackles of four millions of human
beings, and melting every slave pen within the shad¬
ow of the Capitol, Charles B. W Gordon was only
three years of age. Probably not a person who reads
this has forgotten that, unfortunately for us, the color¬
ed race were all required by the Freedman's Bureau
to re-marry or quit their former wives for life. Dan¬
iel Gordon did not re-marry Nancy. Thus the noble
* With intent to come back for his wife, but before he could return she
(Nancy) had gone to the Yankees.