The two Northern parties.
A correspondent of the Macon (Ga.) Telegraph
narrates a conversation he had with two officers of Rosecrans
's army before the battle of Chickamauga
. One of them, Gen. Lytle
, a Democrat, whilst disclaiming all sympathy with Abolitionism, said: ‘"This foolish, and wicked, and unjustifiable rebellion must and shall be put down at whatever cost: and then, when our army has reached the heart of the rebellion and dispersed the rebel army, I am for the Union
as it was."’ The other, Col. Harrison
, in reply to the questions, "Well, what sort of a Union will you have?
did you ever know a grown up white man whipped into union and love with his enemy?
would not such a Union only breed rebellion? " promptly said: ‘"If they are still rebellions we will kill them."’ "And may you not expect their sons will avenge their death?" ‘"We will kill them, too,"’ said Col. Harrison
, "and replace them with loyal Africans."
These two men represent the sentiments of the two parties at the North
Wherein they differ practically we are at loss to perceive.
The one is an unmitigated brute in his manners as well as sentiments; the other, when he says in civilized language "the rebellion must and shall be put down at whatever cost," means the same thing.
Continue the rebellion and be annihilated, is equally the determination of both.
What has become of Col. Harrison
we do not know.
was killed, we believe, in the battle of Chickamauga
These are but individuals; the parties whom they represent are still alive, and equally bent upon our destruction.
We have little interest, therefore, in the contests of parties and the results of elections in the United States
.--Nor are we appalled by their universal determination to support the Union
at whatever cost.
They were united in the beginning, but the Union
of their parties and their arms has not restored the Union of the States.
We look not to their dissensions, but to the Providence
which-has hitherto confounded their devices in the most extraordinary manner, and which never yet deserted a righteous cause.
's bloody menace, uttered in the true spirit and appropriate language of his party, has no terrors for the Southern
Annihilation is not as great a calamity to a heroic race as subjugation.
Death being man's inevitable lot at some time, valiant and virtuous men would infinitely rather die free than live and die slaves.
It is some consolation to be informed that Col. Harrison
proposes to replace our slaughtered people with "loyal Africans." None but "Africans" could be "loyal" to such monsters, and even they would be more desirable inhibitors of the soil than Black Republicans.
They are superior in all humane and social qualities to brutes like Harrison
, and, if we must leave the earth, we would prefer either them or the wild beasts of the forest as our successors, to the more savage and demoniac invaders.