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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 5. (ed. Frank Moore) 1 1 Browse Search
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the conquered receive from a generous foe. Those "State Rights" which we have been taught to prize so dearly as the greatest bulwarks of Constitutional Liberty, and which, from the earliest period of our history, we have so jealously guarded, would be annihilated. The Confederate States would be held as conquered provinces by the despotic Government at Washington. They would be kept in subjugation by the stern hand of military power, as Venetian and Lombardy have been held by Austria — as Poland is held by the Russian Czar. Not only would we be deprived of every political franchise dear to freemen, but socially we would be degraded to the level of slaves; if, indeed, the refinement of malice in our enemies did not induce them to elevate the negro slave above his former master. Not only would the property and estates of vanquished "rebels" be confiscated, but they would be divided and distributed among our African bondsmen. But why pursue the hideous picture further?--Southern man
e who do. The Confederates abroad are our orchestra, our bands of music, who keep up the spirits of our soldiers, and, by occasional comic melodies, prevent them from becoming melancholy, and, even amid the sulphurous stench and glare of battle, make them laugh. The exiles of no other nation have ever been able to keep up their own courage, much less that of their countrymen. Every one recollects the stern, sad faces of the Poles, who used to take refuge in this country, and how, whenever Poland made another attempt to break her chains, they rushed back to their native land like men possessed of evil spirits. If they had only remained here, like sensible people, and lived on the fat of the land, and sent word, by every packet, to their fighting countrymen to hold on a little longer, and America would interpose in their behalf, Poland might now be free. We rejoice that our Confederates abroad have had the good sense to profit by their example. There is not much of the Sobieski or
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