[Marxism] Joseph Weydemeyer; Engels supplied the North cannon through Weydemeyer ?

Michael Hoover hooverm at scc-fl.edu
Wed Mar 1 11:09:31 MST 2006

>>> cbrown at michiganlegal.org 02/28/06 4:00 PM >>>
Weydemeyer was a _Major_ General.  That' one rank below Grant. 

i posted a comment on another list the other day about weydemeyer,
among other things, he was a surveryor on central park project, park 
designer frederick law olmstead and landscape architect calvert vaux, 
who persuaded olmstead to take on the project, used forcible evictions 
to rid site of hundreds of squatters..

weydemeyer, who was financial contributor to newspaper for which marx 
was editor, a communist league member, and german '48er' came to u.s. 
in early 1850s where he became abolitionist and labor movement activist in 
nyc, editing several journals aimed at working class immigrants, he supported 
lincoln's presidential candidacy and volunteered for union army, appointed 
artillery captain because of training in prussian military, he became lieutenant 
colonel assigned to command in missouri ozarks, he resigned his command 
following a mutiny and died shortly after civil war's end from cholera...

you may be thinking of another german 48er named carl schurz who was lincoln's 
minister to spain for a time, rose to rank of major general in  union army, became
u.s. senator from missouri, and was hayes' secretary of the interior

schurz on marx:
"...Karl Marx..could not have been much more than thirty years old
at that time, but he was already the recognized head of the
advanced socialistic school.  The somewhat thick-set man, with
broad forehead, very black hair and beard and dark sparkling eyes,
at once attracted general attention.  He enjoyed the reputation of
having acquired great learning, and as I knew very little of his
discoveries and theories, I was all the more eager to gather words
of wisdom from the lips of this famous man.  This expectation was
disappointed in a peculiar way.  Marx's utterances were indeed
full of meaning, logical and clear, but I have never seen a man
whose bearing was so provoking and intolerable.  To no opinion
which differed from his own did he accord the honor of even
condescending consideration.  Everyone who contradicted him he
treated with abject contempt; every argument that he did not like
he answered either with biting scorn at the unfathomable ignorance
that had prompted it, or with opprobrious aspersions upon the
motives of him who advanced it.  I remember most distinctly the
cutting disdain with which he pronounced the word 'bourgeois'; and
as a 'bourgeois' - that is, as a detestable example of the deepest
mental and moral degeneracy - he denounced everyone who dared to
oppose his opinion...it was very evident that not only had he not
won any adherents, but he had repelled many who otherwise might
have become his followers."  (_Reminiscences_, pp. 138-139)

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