Causes of the War. Great speech of Hon. Joseph Wheeler, of Alabama.
Slavery and States rights.
[from the Richmond, Va., Dispatch, July 31, 1894.]
Opposition of the Southern colonists to slavery, and their devotion to the Union—Advocates of secession.
On Friday, July 13th, 1894, the House of Representatives being in Committee of the Whole, on appropriations and expenditures, and having under consideration the bill to remove the charge of desertion standing against Patrick Kelleher, late private, Company C, Thirty-eighth Illinois Volunteers, Mr. Wheeler, of Alabama, as a member of the Committee on Military Affairs, made a speech which has since attracted wide-spread attention.
The discussion, which became animated, led up to the causes of the late war and its immense expenditures, and Mr. Wheeler brought out some startling historical facts.
I did not intend or desire to enter into any discussion about the war, but in reply to the question of the distinguished g