entitled to such protection as will exclude men from Territories, aside from all considerations of property.
Neither do I believe that a geographical line will give peace to the country.
The lapse of time alone will heal all dissensions.
There can be no peaceable secession of the States.
The Government has pledged its faith to every land, and that pledge of faith cannot be broken.’
He drew encouragement from the thrill of joy which touched every true heart, when Major Anderson
moved his little garrison from Fort Moultrie
to Fort Sumter
. ‘Certainly, never an act, so slight in itself, touched the hearts of so many millions of people like fire from heaven, as the recent simple, soldier-like, and patriotic movement of Major Anderson
at Fort Moultrie
He closed this part of his address with these grand words: ‘But no such result can follow as the destruction of the American Government
The contest will be too terrible, the sacrifice too momentous, the difficulties in our path are too slight, the capacity of our people is too manifest, and the future too brilliant, to justify forebodings, or to excite permanent fears.
The life of every man is lengthened by trial; and the strength of every government must be tested by revolt and revolution.
I doubt not that the providence of God, that has protected us hitherto, will preserve us now and hereafter.’
Throughout the entire address a hopeful feeling prevailed.
The Governor evidently did not believe that we were so nigh the verge of civil war. He made no recommendation for the increase of the military force of the State
, or to prepare that already organized for active service.
It may properly be said, however, in this connection, that Governor Banks
, upon retiring from office, did not deem it in good taste or proper to recommend legislative action to a body with which he was so soon to sever all official connection.
Shortly after retiring from the gubernatorial chair, Governor Banks
made arrangements to remove to Illinois
, having accepted a responsible executive position in the Illinois Central Railroad; but, in a few months, the country required his services as a military commander, which post he accepted, and continued in high command until the end of the war, when he returned to Massachusetts