the war between us is no civil or fratricidal war, but a very natural, orthodox, and proper war, if there can be any such war. We want to see peace established as soon as possible; and to effect that purpose we should rain down our blows as fast and furious as possible, and not permit ourselves to be unnerved and paralyzed by the raw-head-and-bloody-bone cry of civil war. The people of the two sections generally live at great distance from each other, and have intermarried very little, as well from this cause as from difference of institutions, difference of race, and mutual dislike growing out of those differences.
We wish to make peace with them as soon as possible and to keep peace with them, by having in the future nothing to do with them.--Richmond Examiner
It is important that we of the South
, at least, should understand the nature of this war fully.
Many of us are too prone to take our enemies at their word, and look upon this war as one that must be marked with all the terrible convulsions and unnatural horrors of a civil strife.
It is time to realize the fact, that we are engaged in a foreign war; that the Government
represents a foreign power, which aims at our subjugation; that we have all the rights, and owe all the duties of an independent people placed in a state of belligerency; and that we have nothing to apprehend from civil war so long as we are a united people, able to maintain and worthy to enjoy our independence.
By doing this we will get rid of much morbid feeling, produced by delusive names and sophistical confusion of ideas in regard to the existing contest.
Are we a homogeneous people?
Are we free?
Are we united?
Have we a common Government to which we render cordial allegiance, and which we are ready to defend with patriotic resolution?
If so, no civil war can exist within our borders.
We know where the enemy is, and who he is. He is on the other side of the Potomac
and the Ohio
He is the enemy of our country, of our property, of our institutions, and our homes.
Let us front him manfully, and we shall come out of the conflict as safe and triumphant, as he shall come out of it discomfited and humiliated.--New Orleans Daily Delta