The Covington Journal of June 22, 1861 re-printed this piece.
The Lutheran Observer, a strong Union paper, says:
"Of all the awful judgments of a justly incensed God, WAR, and especially INTESTINE WAR, is the most terrific and destructive. When God determined to inflict condign punishment on His ancient people on account of their offenses, He submitted to David, their King, his choice of three fearful scourges, to wit: Famine, War, or Pestilence. David would rather fall into the hand of the Lord, "because His mercies are great," than of man, and chose pestilence as the least appalling.