--H. W. Halleck
of Engineers U. S. Army, (now a Major General
in the Yankee
army,) in 1846 published a work on Military Art and Science, in which he says:
"All modern ethical writers regard unjust
war as not only immoral, but as one of the greatest of crimes — murder on a large scale.
Such are all wars of mere ambition, engaged in for the purpose of extending legal power or National sovereignty;
wars of plunder, carried on for mercenary motives; wars of propagandism, undertaken for the uprightious end of compelling men to adopt certain religious or political opinions,
whether from the alleged motives of ‘"introducing a more orthodox religion"’ or of ‘"attending the area of freedom.
"’--Such wars are held in just subhorrence by all moral and religions people; and this is believed to be the settled conviction of the great mass of our citizens. "
These are truths, and Major-General Halleck
and the people of the North
, who are prosecuting this wicked war against the South
, will be ‘"held in just abhorrence of all moral and religious people."’