This attempt to put down the South
by fire and the sword, is one of the most curious and incomprehensible things that ever occurred in the history of the world.
If the case were reversed — if it were the North
which had seceded from the Union
, and set up a Government for itself, the South
, so far from objecting, would have hailed it as an immeasurable blessing and relief.
They would have said to the North
, “If you want to go, go in peace, and Heaven speed you.”
propose to go, however, it is all different.
wishes to keep us, unwilling and reluctant though we be, in a Union which we have repudiated, and to compel allegiance and tribute from a people known to be galled and almost maddened by the association.
There is no justice in this, no liberty, no humanity, no Christianity, no sense
. It is the silliest and most ridiculous enterprise ever undertaken by a Government professing to be founded on the consent of the governed.
It is not only senseless, but wicked, cruel, inhuman, and barbarous.--N. O. Crescent, May 4