But has not the South
an equal right to judge of holiness?
It is and was much more religious and orthodox (as those words are ordinarily used) than the North
The leaders of the Northern
and the rest, were not “religious” men, and their connection with churches of any kind was usually of the most formal description; while Jefferson Davis
and Stonewall Jackson
were pillars of the church.
And unprejudiced foreign observers often took the side of the South
, too, of whom Mr. Gladstone
was a notable example.
Was his sympathy with the South
That depends, I think, on the character of the motives which determined his choice.
If it was a kindly feeling for slavery that influenced him, of course it was a mistake.
If it was a lurking fondness for the lazy, useless life of the Southern
aristocracy — for the life of a class like his own, whose boast it was that it lived on the labor of others-then, too, it was a mistake.
But it is possible to take another view of the issue.
In the late fifties and early sixties, the North and South hated each other bitterly.
I was brought up in the midst of that hatred and partook of it; and I remember suggesting, as a small boy, when Jefferson Davis
was captured, that he be taken through the streets of our cities on exhibition in an iron cage.
Our favorite song devoted him