the rule, for the war in Hayti was political rather than servile, and in the long run Toussaint
failed as Dessalines and Christophe also failed.
When the war of secession broke out, emancipation by the sword was a new theory; and the overthrow of a powerful aristocracy for the benefit of their serfs was a thing unknown.
No such upheaval of society, as we now find along the vast regions stretching from the Potomac
to the Gulf of Mexico
, is on record in any nation; nor after such a convulsion can one expect to see the moral balance of society rapidly restored.
We must be patient, for we have to wait on some of the most delicate movements of the human heart.
A man learns to hide his scars and sores; a woman will not learn.
Women are never so heroic, so imprudent, as in defeat.
They glory in their sufferings, and prepare the day of their revenge.
In all these southern towns, the ladies keep alive the memory of fights in which their brothers and their lovers fell.
You note an obelisk to some fallen brave.
Who raised that shaft?
You observe a cairn in some deserted field.
Who built that cairn?
Ladies; still ladies.
Here in Richmond