Saturday, May 4, 2019

Brief 1862 Article about Abolitionists' Viewpoint

The Covington Journal of January 4, 1862 reprinted these few sentences, adding the headline "True, every Word of it." This was quite early in the war, before any significant Union military victories had occurred and before the Emancipation Proclamation existed. (The Covington Journal was published in Covington Ky, which, of course, was both a Union and a slave state.)

The Harrisburg (Pa) Patriot says:

If the Union could be restored to-morrow, without the destruction of slavery, the Abolitionists would interpose objections. No one can have observed their course without seeing that their object is to destroy slavery by the use of the war power, or, failing in that, to divorce the Northern states from connection with the institution by a dissolution of the Union. Just at this time their faith in the ability of the Government to crush rebellion is wavering; and their policy is to increase the enemies of the Union, and the power of the Confederacy, by driving off the Border States - then the next step will be to insist  upon universal emancipation and arming of the negroes as the last resort, and when that fails, they will say "This contest is hopeless. - We cannot subjugate the South. Let us consent to dissolution, and thank Heaven that we are rid of the great sin of slavery." 

Perhaps William Lloyd Garrison (pictured below) was an unnamed subject of these comments.


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