Who were the enemy?
Follow in the wake of the army in the Valley of Virginia
View the beautiful plantations on the lower James
's army in its march to the sea, and read the general's report of how he fought the enemy.
Burning barns, milch cows
, which furnished sustenance for babes and sucklings shot and left to decay in the pastures; fowls shot and left in the barnyard; fields of grain, the hope of food for the winter, deliberately destroyed and trodden under foot; stacks of straw and hay lighting up the darkness of night!
The result was 9,000 ragged, starving heroes, eating parched corn, march from Richmond
And the surrender of Lee
This was ‘the very genius of war that suppressed the rebellion.’
Yes, ‘they fought, and fought, and fought, till they wore out the opposition.’
But whom did they fight, and how?
The Army of Northern Virginia is to pass through Maryland
Strict orders are given that all private property is to be respected, and noncombatants are in no way to be molested.
The orders are signed by R. E. Lee
The battle of Gettysburg
has been fought; Lee
's army is marching through the enemy's country on the retreat.
As he is riding along, sustaining by his matchless bearing the courage of his tired army, he sees that some one has thrown down a worm fence around a Pennsylvanian's wheatfield.
He dismounts, and with the bridle of his horse over his arm, he puts up that fence, rail by rail, that he may protect the private property of the enemy!
did not have that kind of the ‘very genius of war that suppressed the rebellion.’
My brethren, these are facts; and for our part, we are not ashamed of them!
And we must see to it that history gives facts.
Not that we would keep alive the embers of strife—God forbid!
But we would preserve the truth.
We would have our children and our children's children know, not that we fought bravely in a cause that was not just, and that we were magnanimously forgiven by a generous foe, because we did it ignorantly in unbelief, because we thought we were right; we would not have it believed that we fought on equal terms, and in the same way they fought; but that we could not be conquered, even by vastly superior numbers and