The Stern Logic of Events — a Prophecy.
We republish from the Bangor (Me.) Democrat
of May, 1861, the following remarkably prophetic article — remarkable as much for the latitude from which it came as well as for what it says:
The rapid fulfillment of all the predictions of Democratic speakers and writers, as to what would take place in our beloved country in the event of a sectional triumph in the election of a President, need not be attributed to any gift of prophecy; it is the result of the Stern Logic
of Events.--Poorly read in the history of Government, and a poor student of human nature, must he be who, in the face of the warfare which the Black
Republican party has been for years waging upon the institution of the South
, could not have foretold the disruption of the Union
, and the disasters that might attend that disruption.
Now that we have entered upon civil war, let those who would read the story of the future appeal to that same ‘"stern logic of events."’ What does it teach?
We speak by its instructions.
It teaches that, if Abraham Lincoln
shall persist in attempting to carry out the policy indicated in his reply to the Virginia Commissioners
, the fifteen have States, numbering more than 12,000,000 of people, will unite in a common cause of defending their firesides and homes.
It teaches that every man within their limits, capable of wielding a sword or leveling a rifle, will take the field, determined, like their revolutionary fathers of old, to repel the invader or die in the attempt.
It teaches that, sooner or later, the fate of every Northern army sent within their borders will inevitably be that which overtook those of the British
tyrant which were landed on our coast to rivet on our forefathers the chains of slavery.
It teaches that the armies of the North
may meet with occasional triumph; may burn a few cities and devastate a few fields; may rob the Southern
mother and her tender children of their peaceful and quiet homes, may here and there incite servile insurrections; but successes like those will only provoke the wrath of Heaven, and raise up for the South
‘"armies to fight their battles for them."’
It teaches that at last, after one, three, seven, or ten years shall have passed away; after our armies shall have vanished before the never-failing aim of the Southern
rifle, the irresistible charges of Southern cavalry, and the terrible ravages of a Southern climate; after myriads of Northern homes have been made desolate, and poverty and distress shall begin to stalk abroad in the streets of our cities and villages, then the hearts of our people will years for peace, and peace will come.
It teaches that the independence of the Confederate States
will be recognized, and that the North
will be compelled at last to grant that which, in accordance with the spirit of American liberty, it should promptly and cheerfully concede.
Such are the teachings of the ‘"Stern logic of events"’ We put them upon record, and invite all who read this article to remember predictions founded upon them.
The authority of the Federal Government
will never again be established within the limits of the seceded States.
The people of those States will never again recognize that authority voluntarily, northern they be compelled to do no by force.