--John G. Davis
, ex-member of Congress from Indiana
, lately delivered an address at Indianapolis
, in which he declared that he was an out-and-out peace man, and in favor of a Western Confederacy. "As for Lincoln
," said he, "Lincoln
has played out, so has his gang of pickers and stealers, his ruffian provost marshals, and his great machine for the subjugation of the liberties of his own people."
Here is what Davis
said upon the Federal
conscript and Congressional enactments in general:
I never will pledge myself to submit to all laws Congress may pass.
I do not say that I have reference to the conscript act. Some say we must submit to that, but I will not say whether you should or not. Some say, let the Supreme Court decide the matter.
Probably you would not get a decision from the Supreme Court for ten years. Hang your hopes on a leatherwood, and not on a willow tree.
I never will submit to everything; I would be a slave if I did not take my gun and defend myself.
Many tell you to wait.
It will take six or eight years to redeem the Senate.
The Administration will be against you for two years. The House
will be Republican for a good while.
The elections will be held at the point of the bayonet in Kentucky
, etc., by a dozen or so of men, as has already been done.
This, if correctly reported, is rather revolutionary.
It is, however, the programme of the Northern Copperheads
disposes of the Abolition Home Guard the troops raised to keep people under — in a very brief and summary style:
What are they for?
If they want to fight let them go down South
We are taxed to arm these Home Guards.
If they are armed to subjugate Democrats, we will fight them to death.
stands squarely before the issue — peace.
It is his word day and night, his book and staff.
Peace and reunion, or peace and disunion, but peace any way. Hear him:
Democrats in Indiana
want this war stopped; I would stop it now. You are the invaders, and you can't subjugate the South
The South knew that their rights have been taken away.
No respect has been paid to private property by the invading army.
The South has been victorious in nine battles out of ten.
Make a proposition to the South
for peace, because we are the strong party and they are the weak.
If they won't compromise, let us separate in peace.