The Blackest of traitors.
Even in the hour of just indignation, we will admit that one redeeming trait, and it is the only one we can see, characterizes the North
in this most unholy and atrocious war. It is that every man stands by his section, and that not a single soul occupies a neutral position.
In this crusade of crime, malignity, rapine and last, no one is permitted to refuse to take sides, and the universal sentiment is, ‘"He who is not for us is against us."’
Now, if there is a lower deep of depravity and crime than that of the North
in an armed crusade of subjugation, confiscation and rape, it is that of the citizen of Virginia
, who, after the vote of the Virginia
people has ratified the Ordinance of Secession, after the State
has been invaded, her people murdered, and women in Alexandria
subjected to a fate worse than death, presumes to occupy a position of neutrality.
Some such there are in every community, but the time has now come when the sovereign voice of the people of Virginia
has proclaimed her independence, and the neutrals, if such there are, will no longer be permitted to occupy that position, but made to declare which master they will serve.
Men will not be permitted to remain in Southern communities, who, like certain Union men in Alexandria
, are prepared to act as friends, allies and guides of the enemy, wherever they obtain a foothold.
If such there are, let them depart in peace; let them go out from among us, because they are not of us.
As for the open enemies and avowed traitors like Carlile
& Co., we have only this to say, that, if they wish to leave Virginia
, instead of seeking to retain them, we would give them a parting kick that would expedite their departure as speedily as possible.
The fiery furnace of these times is separating the dross from the pure gold, and the separation detracts nothing from the value.
The disaffected section of Virginia
has always been a dead weight upon the treasury of the State
, and, if it chooses to adhere to the neighboring free States, instead of compelling it by force of arms to remain, we would pay it for going.--We shall then have a homogeneous people, with no admixutures of the Carlile
element, to produce future disturbances, and to bring disgrace upon the name of Virginia