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Across The Fence - Captain Silas S. Soule: The face of moral courage


Silas Stillman Soule was born in late July of 1838 in Bath, Maine. His father, Amasa Soule, was an American citizen of Dutch decent though Silas seemed more akin to his Irish friends.

Adapting a convincing Irish brogue to match that of his fellow workers in eastern factories, Silas easily gained the admiration of those he encountered. As a young man, his inclination for good-humored mischief often resulted in fisticuffs that his "Irish" façade readily welcomed.

In the early 1850s, Amasa became involved in the New England Emigrant Aid Co., whose purpose was to populate the Kansas Territory...

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