The Nursery and Its Deities 17
The fighting blood of James Dunwoody and Irvine Bulloch
was the same blood infused through their sister into the veins
of their young kinsman, the second Theodore Roosevelt, and
showed in him the same glowing attributes. The gallant atti
tude of their mother, Mrs. Stephens Bulloch, also had its share in the making of her famous grandson.
Her son Irvine was only a lad of sixteen, while her stepson, James, was much older and was already a famous naval blockaderunner when she parted from them. Turning to her daughter Anna she prayed that she might never live to know if Irvine were killed or Richmond taken by the Northern army. I cannot but rejoice that her life passed away before such news could come to her. It must have been bitter, indeed, for her under these circumstances to face the necessity of accepting the bread of her Northern son-in-law, and it speaks volumes for the characters of both that during the whole war there was never a moment of estrangement between them or between my father and his lovely sister-in-law, Anna Bulloch, who became, because of the fact that she lived with us during those early years of our lives, one of the most potent influences of our childhood.
I, myself, remember nothing of the strain of those troubled days; but my aunt has often told me of the bedtime hour in the nursery when a certain fair-haired, delicate little boy, hardly four years old, would kneel at her side to say his evening prayer, and feeling that she would not dare interrupt his petition to the Almighty, would call down in baby tones and with bent head the wrath of the Almighty upon the rebel troops. She said that she could never forget the fury in the childish voice when he would plead with Divine Providence to "grind the Southern troops to powder."
This same lovely aunt taught us our letters at her knee, in
that same nursery, having begged, in return for my father's hos
pitality, that she should be accepted as our first instructress,
and not only did she teach us the three R's, but many and many