The Hampton Lesson.
The burning of Hampton
is a warning to the North
of the utter impossibility of gaining the object of this war. That object is to compel the South
to remain a commercial and manufacturing vassal of the North
It could not be achieved if the flag of the U. States
could be made to wave in triumph from Washington
to the Rio Grande
The spirit and temper in which this war has begun; the proclamation in advance of rape and rapine, handcuffing and hanging, as the proper mode of conducting the war; and the acts of Congress confiscating Southern property, leave no other alternative to a people who have the slightest spark of spirit than to resist the invaders to the death and by the most extreme measures of resistance.
It may be difficult for mercenary souls to comprehend the fact, but they may as well understand it at first as at last, that Hampton
is but the beginning of the end. Its own property holders applied the torch to their dwellings rather than they should fall again into the hands of the invaders, and the property holders of Richmond
, and of every other Southern city, would, under similar circumstances, do the same.
The spirit of self-sacrifice which the South
has so universally exhibited, can be exercised by the Southern
people with much less pain and sorrow in the surrender of property than in the surrender of the lives of those who are dearer than houses, lands and gold.
The tenderest Southern mother has not hesitated to give up her son, her only son, upon the altar of Patriotism, and there is no Southern father so devoted to greed that he will not give up his property even more cheerfully.
Even could the invaders succeed, their every step would be lighted by burning cities, and by every bale of cotton in the South