GENERAL WILLIAM MAHONE'S

  POLITICAL ENEMIES

CHARACTERISTIC FACTS
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IN THE

BUSINESS AND POLITICAL CAREER

OF

GEN. WILLIAM MAHONE



"When General Mahone lately nominated himself for the office of Governor at his Norfolk convention, against the will of the Republicans of the State, his personality at once became the leading issue in the campaign necessarily so. All the old leaders of the Republican party with whom he coalesced at the Convention of Jury 15, 1885, at once left him. The Yosts, father and, son, the Lewises Col. Brady, Mr. George C. Round, all say there is nothing distinctively Republican in his nomination and they will not acknowledge the personal rule, of any man, particularly one of proved unworthiness.
Of the original Readjuster party, Governor Cameron, General Groner, Mr. James A.Frazier and others have given him up in indignation and, disgust.

He has now no following except the Negroes, the old Democratic Readjusters who clung to him when the bulk of that party accepted the overtures  made to them by the Democrats at Lynchburg in 1883, some disorganized Republicans, and the few deserters who came to him from the Democratic party for office after they found that he had it to bestow as a reward for such services as might recommend them to him.

In him therefore is found nothing to discuss but himself; and he can be best understood. by the record he has made since he became a figure in public affairs …………..................................

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And this, fellow-citizens, is a sketch of Gen. William Mahone drawn from the life:  it is a dark picture;  but those who know him well will say it is a flattered likeness.......................................In the name of all that is good an upright and holy, let us foil this worst enemy the State of Virginia has ever had."
  William Mahone .............."worst enemy the State of Virginia has ever had."
"The HERO OF THE BATTLE OF THE CRATER"
"The story as told to me by my mother was that the colored population of town fell in line with the attitude of their employers.

They [ whoever that was and is today ] shared the general feeling of contempt  for the one who had been a gentleman of the old South and who was now political master of freed slaves."

Often as they walked the streets, they were heard to mutter,--

"Ole Jineral Mahone, ole Jineral Mahone,

He eat the meat and gimme de bone,

He eat de brade and gimme de krus,

And den he say for us to reajus."
                              from:
< "Home to the Cockade City," by M. Clifford Harrison >

"As I have previously had occasion to mention, Petersburg has repeatedly suffered the misfortune of being the home of a hero turned villain.  Perhaps the most notable of all cases of this sort was the case of Billy Mahone.  It must have made angels weep.

In the war Mahone was a popular general.  So capable was he in the last phase of the struggle that General Lee intimated his choice of Mahone as his successor should the commander in chief fall in battle.  After the war, proud Confederate veterans were even prouder if they had served in Mahone's Brigade.

Then!  Possibly because he hoped for better aid from Republicans than from Democrats in his schemes of railroad consolidation; possibly because the Funder-Readjuster issue provoked bitterness; possibly because his overweening ambitions made him blind to his neighbor's principles; possibly because he possessed a streak of sheer cussedness, Mahone turned his back on his old soldiers and other friends.  He could have easily been the most popular man in Petersburg.  As a Republican in the 1880's he was the most utterly detested.  Even the colonel of his crack 12th Virginia Regiment, who was brevetted brigadier general at the Crater--David Weisiger--came to loath him."
                      
                   WHY?