This war an anti-slavery war.
--The proclamation of Fremont
by which he sets free all the slaves held by persons whom he is pleased to style ‘"rebels"’--that is, by a large majority of the Missouri
slaveholders — gives entire satisfaction at Washington
, and is received with ecstatic joy by the Black
Republican press in all quarters of Yankeedom. --Even the New York Herald
, which a few weeks ago recommended the ‘"squelching out"’of the Tribune
on account of their Abolition proclivities, and the tendency of their daily tirades against slavery to strengthen the hands of the Secessionists by uniting all parties at the South
, exults, at this masterly stroke of policy.
It is, in fact, but an extension of the system inaugurated by Butler
, who fell upon the notable expedient of declaring all slaves contraband, and confiscating them as property belonging to the rebels.
Fremond and Butler
both mean the same thing.
They both designed to make the war an anti-slavery war, and such it is to all intents and purposes.
It will be observed that Fremont
proposes to liberate only such slaves as belong to rebels.
But, besides that the slaveholders of Missouri
are nearly all ‘"rebels"’ in this sense of the term, by the very act of setting free so large a body of negroes, he renders that species of property worthless to all other owners.
If the negroes belonging to the rebels be all set free, it will become impossible for Union men to retain those which belong to them — They will
run away, and they will
be protected by the abolitionists.
Every slave belonging to a Union man will claim to belong to some Secessionist, He will present himself to the Federal
officers, all abollitionists at heart, and he will always attain his object.--Fremond's proclamation, therefore, is a proclamation of freedom to every slave in Missouri
It were vain to inquire what right, under the Constitution
of the old United States
, any general of division can have to abolish an institution solemnly recognized by it. Lincoln
and his myrmidons have utterly destroyed that Constitution.
There is not a right guaranteed by it, which they have left uninfringed.
There is not a vestige left of the liberty which it was supposed to have recognized and perpetuated.
Martial law has usurped the place of all other law, and the sword has driven before it judge, jury, and all the insignia of the court.
There can no longer exist any doubt in the minds of rational men that the Cabinet
hope to succeed in this war by the assistance of the slaves, and that they mean to excite them to a general revolt
if they can.--The project is as hopeless as it is wicked.
Every intelligent slave knows well enough that it cannot be carried into execution by a force ten times as large as any that Lincoln
He knows that revolt would be destruction to the African race.
But the Abolitionists of the North
--that is, all Yankeedom — are profoundly ignorant of the condition of affairs in the South
, and imagine they have but to call on the slave, population to procure a powerful body of efficient allies.
Upon this plan, beyond all doubt, they intend to proceed.
There is, we are well aware, no necessity for saying anything to stimulate the ardor of the Southern
They are all enthusiastically committed to this war. They will spend the last dollar and sacrifice the last man before they will submit.
They not only do not mean to submit, but they are determined to exact vengeance for the outrages committed upon them.
But if any stimulant were needed, this deliberate plan to convert the war into an anti-slavery crusade would furnish it.