Northern Peace sentiments.
That the mass of the Northern
people if they could be permitted to vote their secret sentiments, unawed by bayonets, would to-morrow vote for peace on the basis of separation, rather than encounter the possible consequences of an in definite prolongation of this contest, we do not entertain the shadow of a doubt.
They are sick at heart of the senseless waste of blood and treasure, and beginning to see that the restoration of Southern trade and commerce is not to be obtained by the expenditure of any amount of gunpowder.
Mini bullets and bombshells, they are fast discovering, are not the kind of currency which produces cotton and tobacco.
But the latent peace sentiments of the North
can be of no practical avail to the Confederate
cause till Confederate bayonets overthrow the armies which sustain the Lincoln
We are fighting the battles of freedom in the United States
, as well as in our own country; and though we feel no anxiety to aid in the emancipation of those who have sought to enslave ourselves, yet, if their deliverance will hasten the termination of this war, our labors will not be without reward.
We look to our armies as the only pacificators whose intervention will have any influence in the quarrel.
We look to the camp as the only ark for the Dove
of Peace, and to the storm and deluge of the battle as the only spot where it can find an olive branch.
Such reflections should inspire the hearts and nerve the arms of every soldier of the Confederacy
Literally and truly, the only earthly hope of peace is in their success.
Let every General and every private realize this truth in all its bearings, and who can doubt the result?