against all factions that would take them from me. It matters not who they are or whence they come.
Whether they come from England, France, Massachusetts, or South Carolina.
If they would destroy the Government of our fathers, I am against them.
No matter what may be the pretext.
No, sir, I am for the Union, and I am willing tsaid I, I would not put up with it if I were in your place.
I tell you what I would do, I would go and take Garrett's guns away from him. But — he didn't.
South Carolina was irritated at the presence of Major Anderson and fifty-five men at Fort Sumter, so irritated that she could not bear it. She tried to starve him to death; and drove our soldiers from the place.
It was not Mr. Lincoln's fort; not his flag nor his soldiers, but ours.
Yet after all these outrages and atrocities, South Carolina comes with embraces for us, saying: Well, we tried; we intended to kill that brother Kentuckian of yours; tried to storm him, knock his brains out, and burn h
As her representative here, I'll lend myself to no such atrocious purpose.
I will not fight, nor prepare to fight, against my own Government, nor countenance the schemes of those who do. Never!
No, sir, let those who would fight the United States, and like the work, go at it. I will not aid them in their treasonable projects, but will resist them to the last.
But I wish to sum up, Mr. Speaker. Permit me to tell you, sir, what I think of this whole atrocious scheme of secession.
I d you in your extremity which you would not help when it was assailed by treasonable foes?
I think it would.
But you would get the help; no doubt of that.
The Constitution of the United States pledges every State, and all the people of the United States, to put down insurrections and rebellion, and secure to all within its limits a republican form of government.
And, unless the State shall disregard — as some would have us do ours — its constitutional pledges and obligations, it will receiv