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S.A. Bent, comp. Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men. 1887.

John A. Dix

  • [An American statesman and soldier, born in New Hampshire, 1798; removed to New York, where he became secretary of state, 1833, and United-States senator, 1845–49; secretary of the treasury, 1860–61; major-general in the civil war, and commanded the Department of the East, 1864; minister to France, 1867; died 1879.]
  • If any one attempts to haul down the American flag, shoot him on the spot.

  • Ordering by telegraph from Washington, Jan. 29, 1861, the arrest, at New Orleans, of Capt. Breshwood, the commander of the revenue cutter “McClennand,” which it was feared he would turn over to the rebels.