The Covington Journal of June 8, 1861 printed this story.
"An Albany, N.Y., newspaper says a clergyman of that place, while recently discussing our present national troubles, used the following language:
"I disapprove of the principles of the Revolutionary war. It was waged against lawful authority. I regard the war of 1812 as still worse. The Mexican War I opposed with all my heart; but the present war I approve.It is a holy war. It is a war for the extinction of slavery.