Charleston, S. C.
, May 2
.--It was the blasphemous saying of some great warrior — we forget now who — that God always took sides with strong regiments.
We are satisfied, from all our readings of history, that God's justice prevails over all — and, whether it is the weak or the strong, that, in the end, lie will support the truth, the right, the pure, the just.
We are not to determine what His judgments shall be from the casualties of a single hour.
We believe that God is with us. We solemnly believe that a most Providential care has guided and strengthened us thus far against the blind rages of our enemy; that, even in those respects in which we fancied we had lost an advantage — as in Anderson
's abandonment of Moultrie
and taking possession of Sumter
— we were mistaken; and that the very strategies of our enemies became the secret of their overthrow.
And so of all the falsehoods of the Northern
press, and so of all the mean, cunning trickery of the Government
; and so of almost every event since the beginning of our struggle for peace and independence.
The strongest fortress in the country — supposed to be too strong for all the power of South Carolina
, under a siege of months — is overthrown in thirty-three hours. The fortress, so impregnable, and so eagerly seized upon, becomes a rat-trap, from which the rats are smoked out. Even the military vanity, which insists upon saluting its flag at its overthrow, with one hundred guns, is rebuked by an explosion which costs the garrison more lives than were lost during the bombardment.
Verily, if we needed signs and auguries, we have had them, and of the most grateful character.
Yes! we solemnly believe that a Providential interposition is about to rescue us from the cormorant tribes that have been fattening so long upon our substance.
We have made them great and prosperous I And they know not the source of their own prosperity!
They “crammed, and blasphemed their feeders.”
By tariffs, navigation laws, internal improvements, and infernal appropriations, they swallowed up all our revenues.
In their vanity and pride of heart they mocked at God--forgot him — mocked at us — and now seek to destroy us!
Shall God suffer the guilty, the presumptuous, the vain-glorious, the usurpative, the aggressive, to thrive, and triumph over those who have been only too submissive?
No! Their insolence nears its end!
They have reached the length of their tether!
Henceforth, the South
alone shall reap the large benefits and blessings of Southern culture and industry.
May the great Father
of the universe keep us, while enjoying the marvellous blessings of our own section, from any undue pride of heart!
May He keep us always duly mindful of Him who is the great Source of all!--Charleston Mercury, May 3