As soon as the Yankees
get a foothold on Southern sell, their leaders issue a proclamation, in which they entertain us with a description of their character and purposes.
According to their own account of themselves, they are the most humane and honest people in the world, and have no intention of interfering with the property or rights of anybody, nor even with their lives if they will get out of their why. Burnside
's say of themselves and the murderous and marauding crew, whose hands are steeped in Southern blood.
‘"We are Christians as well as yourselves, and we profess to know full well, and to feel profoundly, the same obligations of the character."’ If they hadn't said this, we should certainly never have discovered it from their conduct.
We have it from an eye-witness that they committed all sorts of depredations on Roanoke Island
, as they have everywhere else where they have obtained a feeling.
They say: ‘"The Southern leaders have imposed upon your credulity by calling you of wicked had even diabolical intentions on our part; of our desire to destroy your freedom, demolish your property, liberate your slaves, injure your women, and such enormities — all of which, we assure you, is not only ridiculous, but utterly and willfully "’ Perhaps the voracious Burnside Co. would have us believe that the war did not begin with a proclamation of ‘"Beauty and Booty"’ in New York, that the women, when the soldiers left that city, did not invoke each of them to bring back the head of a Southern man, and that the New York Tribune
did not declare that the war should not end till Southern men were driven from their homes, and were compelled to look upon their wives and children famished and in rags.
If he says all this is falsehood, he must charge it upon the New York papers, which contained these statements, and not upon the Southern
Perhaps he will also deny that Northern soldiers, on their way to Washington
, declared that they did not intend to leave an unpolluted household in all Virginia
, and that the letter bags seized by our army at Manassas
were full of letters invoking them to this hellish treatment of women.
Whether he denies it or not, the fact can be proved by better men than himself, and by the letters themselves, which still remain in Southern hands.--Or, when he denounces as falsehood, their intention to kidnap Southern slaves, he is not aware of the fact that the slaves of every Secessionist have been taken from him by Lincoln
's orders, wherever the Northern
army have been able to do it; when he denies that our property is to be demolished, he has never heard of Southern houses and barns set on fire, nor of wholesale confiscation acts; when he says that it is a ‘"ridiculous falsehood"’ that the Yankees
desire to destroy our freedom, he is ignorant of the existence of Fort Lafayette, Fort Warren
, and other Yankee Bastiles, and knows nothing of the thirty respectable citizens of Alexandria
, who have been lately torn from their homes to join the long procession of exiles from their native land to Yankee prisons.
avers that ‘"the desolating war has been brought upon your State (North Carolina
) by comparatively a few bad men in your midst.
Influenced infinitely more by the worst passions of human nature than by any share of elevated reason, they are still urging you astray to gratify their unholy passions."’ The man that wrote this knew full well that North Carolina
, like Virginia
, never dreamed of leaving the old Union till she was driven out by Lincoln
's proclamation calling for an army of 75,000 men, and that the war begun by the squadron sent by the same tyrant to reinforce Fort Sumter
He might also know, if he know anything of Southern sentiment, that the leaders are far behind the people in the energy and fire of their resistance to Northern invasion.--Who is it that has filled these armies, which the Northern
journals pretend are larger than their own?
It is an army of volunteers,
composed of the people, in which every Southern family has a representative, and some as many as twenty, mothers giving up their darling children and wives their husbands, and urging them to die rather than permit the subjugation of their native land.
If the South
had an abundance of arms, there would to-day be a million of volunteers in the field.
Who has clothed this army, and provided them with all the comforts they have enjoyed?
Who has taken them into private houses, and nursed them when sick, as if they were their own children?
Never was there a movement so profoundly and universally a popular movement as this Southern war of defence.
Let us tell Mr. Burnside
that, if the people, whom he considers the dupes of wicked leaders, had had their way after the battle of Manassas
, in which he and the other Yankee Generals
made such excellence time, he would not now be vaporing on the coast of North Carolina
The battle would have been followed up, Washington
and his Cabinet either caught or caged, Maryland
emancipated, and the North
If he does not know, he ought to know, that it is because the ‘"wicked Southern leaders"’ have marked out a rigid defensive policy, that the North
has not been made to tests the effects of that war which they have brought upon the South
, and that, if the universal sentiment of the Southern
people had been carried out by their Government, the wretches who have invaded us would have been made before this time to pay compound interest, with fire and sword, for every insult to Southern soil, for every Southern roof tree destroyed, and every drop of Southern blood which has been shed.
consider men to be ‘"influenced by the worst passions of human nature"’ who revolt at the political and commercial domination of the North
, and who do not consider Ya sism the most pure, benign, and unselfish of human institutions.--But from that opinion the Southern
They hate from their heart of hearts the whole fettering mass of hypocritical ernel and bloody invaders.
The only distinction between them and their leaders is, thus the leaders are for more defence; the people for aggression; the leaders for independence only; the people, from the Potomac
to the Rio Grande
, for liberty and for Vengeance.