The late election in Maryland.
The Baltimore Exchange, in an editorial upon the late election, expresses the following views in regard to the present position of Maryland
"Most of the Northern
journals have altogether misapprehended the import of the late election in this State, and are congratulating themselves upon it as an indication that the people of Maryland
intend to adhere, henceforth and under all circumstances, to the government of Mr. Lincoln
Much as the "Union" men here have exposed themselves to misconstruction, yet the majority of them have certainly done nothing which warrants the Northern
press in treating them as cordial and faithful allies.
There are, it is true, some few individuals whose sentiments thoroughly coincide with those of the dominant faction in the North
, and who would be content to witness the subjugation of the South
There are some few who are willing that this war shall be prosecuted until, in the language of Governor Thomas
, the valleys of Virginia
shall be filled up with bones, or who, like Mr. Fiery
, would devote one half of the Southern States
to destruction if the remainder could be thus reduced to obedience to the Administration.
But the number of persons who approve these views and sentiments is absolutely insignificant.
Nine-tenths of the people of Maryland
are not only anxious that this war should end, but in order to secure that result they are ready to acknowledge the independence of the Confederate States
; and we hazard nothing in saying that the vast majority of them strongly sympathize with the South
, and will insist that this State shall share the fortunes of that section as soon as they are satisfied that the Union
is hopelessly dissolved.
The "Union party" here has not, as is erroneously supposed, been fighting for the Government
The great mass of those who compose it have asserted nothing in the late canvass which is inconsistent with a determination to identify themselves with the South
, if the disruption of the old Confederacy is an inevitable event.
They are merely in the position of men who are unwilling to realize a painful fact, who hesitate to prepare for an unwelcome though irremediable change.
They can not bring themselves to the belief that the Union
is destroyed; they cannot forego the hope of its reconstruction on its former basis.
They and their opponents merely differ about the practicability of restoring harmonious relations between the people of the dissevered sections, and of preserving in their integrity the old political connections between the States.
They have no sympathy with the motives which prompt the North
to carry on this contest.
They have no feeling in common with the anti-slavery faction, and they have no disposition to enter upon a struggle for the maintenance of the commercial or political supremacy of the Northern States
They are only clinging desperately to hopes which every one of their fellow citizens also cherished a little while ago but which a large proportion of the people of the State
have been reluctantly compelled to
abandon. But when they do come to the conclusion that a reconciliation between the North and South is hopeless — that inexorable fate has decreed the disruption of this Republic — then the bulk of the "Union party" will, we are satisfied, declare for the South
There will be upon that point, whenever it shall come fairly before us, an unparalleled unanimity of sentiment in Maryland
At what moment the "Union party" will recognize the necessity of accepting and setting that issue, is, in our judgment, solely a question of time.
That they must meet it sooner or later we cannot doubt, and we are equally sure how they will determine it. They, therefore, greatly mistake Maryland
who suppose that the late vote is indicative of a disposition on the part of her people to ally themselves with the North
upon the final dissolution of the Union