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.
On this anniversary of perhaps the most famous and most often memorized speech in American history, I was thinking about the Gettysburg Addr...
I'm not really sure how to approach this idea that popped into my head today, but it seems like a good idea or question to mention here ...
Having completed the two essays in Why the Civil War Came that deal with what they called the failure of the American political system, I h...