Happy birthday, Cyrus Pringle (May 6, 1838 – May 25, 1911)! ‪#‎Quaker‬. Botanist. Conscientious objector during the Civil War. After being drafted, friends urged him to pay the “commutation money” so he wouldn’t have to go. But he refused, saying it was “a means we held even more sinful than that of serving ourselves, as by supplying money to hire a substitute.” Pringle and two fellow Quakers were sent to Virginia where they refused to hold or carry a gun, or perform any military duties. The weapons were buckled to them and they were forced to march. Pringle kept a diary which was later published as “The Record of a Quaker Conscience.” (The Kindle version can be downloaded for free.) On Oct. 3, 1863, at Culpeper, Virginia, Cyrus was tied to the ground with his limbs outstretched and left for hours. He wrote: “This has been the happiest day of my life, to be privileged to fight the battle for universal peace.” Born in Charlotte, Vermont. Died in Burlington, Vermont. Buried in Morningside Cemetery, Charlotte, Vermont.
~The Marginal Mennonite Society Heroes Series.

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