The indiscriminate application of the term Yankees
to our enemies in the field does not convey an accurate idea of the elements of power which are combined against us. In a mere war of sections — that is, a war between the Yankees
proper and the Southern States
--not even Yankees themselves could have expected triumph.
But this is not such a war. It is a war between the Southern Confederacy and the United States
, the latter having all the wealth and all the military and civil organizations of the old government on its side, with immense armies, composed of all nations, and of which the Yankees
proper constitute only a small proportion.
Of its native troops, the best are the mixed races of the West
and renegade Kentuckian and Missourian.
Even in the navy, its most successful officer is Farragut
, a Tennessean.
A large number of its officers, in both the land and sea service, are natives of Southern States.
Nor is it accurate to designate all the people of the Middle States
even as Yankees.
It may suit the Yankees
proper very well to have all their elements of strength classed as Yankee
, but it is not the truth.
As a general thing, they have staid at home during the war, making money out of battles which they do not fight, and gaining a great reputation for prowess besides, by the designation of Yankee
, which is uniformly applied to United States armies.
It may be convenient to give our enemies a name which condenses in one word all that is hateful; but the worst of them are the least injured by its application.
We are helping Jonathan to go down to posterity as a great heroic character.
He has had little to do with this war except hiring other men to fight his battles and obtain for him money and reputation.