‘  a dead letter. * * * You, thinking slavery right, claim the fulfillment of the stipulation; we, thinking slavery wrong, cannot fulfill the stipulation without consciousness of participation in wrong.’ This leaves no room to question the policy marked out by Mr. Lincoln. The speech of Mr. Chase, his chief adviser, distinctly announced that, in two essentials, the Constitution should not be observed and executed. He avows that the Constitution shall not be the law of the land, but that the will of the party coming into power shall be that law, a declaration in words that the Constitution is a dead letter. The course to be pursued was the usurpation of the powers of government and their absorption in centralization. It is admitted that that party understood the Constitution as we did, but that for years it had been its settled and fixed determination not to execute it. That while it would solemnly swear to execute it, it would not do so. That it had triumphed on its purpose and principle of disobedience, and it would avail itself of that triumph and subvert and overthrow the principles of the government and obliterate the Constitution it must swear to maintain, and by virtue of which only it could take control and management. Try the questions by the rules laid down by Mr. Chase for his party, and who are the rebels, the traitors, the conspirators against the government? The assertion that the Southern States are is the cap, the climax of deliberate and criminal impudence or inexcusable ignorance. The entire speech of Mr. Chase is interesting as part of the history of its time and the spirit of the party about to take control of the government. All Southerners, especially those of Confederate blood and extraction, should read it. They will find in it much to defend us against the charges of treason, conspiracy and rebellion, and much to shift these charges to the shoulders of others. It proves, as was said by Hon. C. J. Ingersoll, of Pennsylvania, in the House of Representatives on the 9th of June, 1841, that ‘The abolition agitation is’ (was) ‘a conspiracy in the true definition of that offense. It is the combination of many to break law, which is the definition of conspiracy; none the better that the conspirators are, many of them, persons of fair character and perhaps pious designs.’ The South was left without protection of constitutional guaranties and without hope in the decisions of the court of last resort, it must therefore resort to its only remedy, secession. It was outlawed. The Constitution denounced as ‘a dead letter.’ The evils likely and almost certain to flow from the teaching of Judge Chase's ‘originally small party’ were seen and dreaded by the best and most
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Heroes of the old Camden District, South Carolina , 1776 - 1861 . an Address to the Survivors of Fairfield county , delivered at Winnsboro, S. C. , September 1 , 1888 .
Fairfield volunteers— Gregg 's First regiment .
Diary of Major R. C. M. Page , Chief of Confederate States artillery , Department of Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee , from October , 1864 , to May , 1865 .
List of names of officers of the Signal Corps , Confederate States army.
The Wee Nee volunteers of Williamsburg District, South Carolina , in the First ( Hagood 's) regiment.
Pegram battalion Association.
Address of Rev. H. Melville Jackson , D. D. : religion an element of strength in the soldierly character.
Address of Hon. John Fitzhugh lay, late Colonel of cavalry, Confederate States army.
Terms of Capitulation of the command of Lieutenant-General Richard Taylor .
The lost cause.
A Masterly vindication of it by Judge J. A. P. Campbell . in an Address delivered at Canton , May 1 , 1874 , on the occasion of the Decoration of the graves of Confederate soldiers.
Address of Colonel Edward McCrady , Jr. before Company a ( Gregg 's regiment ), First S. C. Volunteers , at the Reunion at Williston, Barnwell county , S. C, 14th July , 1882 .
Battle of Shiloh : refutation of the so-called lost opportunity, on the evening of April 6th , 1862 .
Letter from General Walthall .
The Second Virginia regiment of cavalry, C. S. A. a tribute to its discipline and efficiency, and defiant Resolutions passed by it February 28th , 1865 .
Hagood 's brigade : its services in the trenches of Petersburg, Virginia , 1864 .
General Hagood 's Address.
The Old South.
Colonel Eugene Waggaman , who led the Tenth Louisiana regiment in the famous charge at Malvern Hill . [ New Orleans Picayune , February 10th , 1889 .]
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