Objects of the war.
I do not mean to intimate, for I do not believe that the North
has changed its opinion as to the wisdom of our course.
They thought then and they think now it was foolish to attempt to break up a Union, because first it was so unprofitable, and second because it was impossible before overwhelming forces for us to succeed.
But I do mean to say that the idea is dimly pressing itself upon the Northern
mind that we tried to avoid war—did not want war; that war was brought on, waged and continued for the purpose of keeping a faction in power, and enabling the controllers of the faction to make a profit out of it. It was not a patriotic war to preserve the Union
, but a contractor's war to secure the men in power permanent control in government.
Pensions and bounties are the degrading consequences of the mercenary motives which brought it on.