VI. As many facts set forth in this work bear with just severity on the general loyalty of the Democratic party to the Government throughout its long, doubtful struggle with the Rebellion, it is proper to state here explicitly that very many Democrats promptly separated from their party and acted with the Republicans as Unionists from first to last; while others, who adhered to their party organization, nevertheless gave a hearty, efficient support to the Government in raising soldiers, subscribing to loans, and otherwise. There was, moreover, a very considerable and influential body, especially in the great cities, who had steadily opposed the Republican
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