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English Colonel Arthur Freemantle On The War

 
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The thoughts and observations of English Colonel Arthur Freemantle on his way home from a 3 month tour of the Southern States.

Pages 308-309

My northern friends on board the "China" spoke much and earnestly about the determination of the North to crush out the Rebellion at any sacrifice. But they did not show any disposition to fight themselves in this cause, although many of them would have made most eligible recruits; and if they had been Southerners, their female relations would have made them enter the army whether their inclinations led them that way or not.

I do not mention this difference of spirit by way of making any odious comparisons between North and South in this respect, because I feel sure that these Northern gentlemen would emulate the example of their enemy if they could foresee any danger of a Southern Butler exercising his infamous sway over Philadelphia, or of a Confederate Milroy ruling with intolerable despotism in Boston, by withholding the necessaries of life from helpless women with one hand, while tendering them with the other a hated and absurd oath of allegiance to a detested Government.

But the mass of respectable Northerners, though they may be willing to pay, do not very naturally feel themselves called upon to give their blood in a war of aggression, ambition and conquest. For this war is essentially a war of conquest. If ever a nation did wage such a war, the North is now engaged with a determination worthy of a more hopeful cause, in endeavoring to conquer the South; but the more I think of alll that I have seen in the Confederate Sates of the devotion of the whole population, the more I feel inclined to say with General Polk –

“How can you subjugate a people such as this?”

and even supposing that their extermination were a feasible plan, as some Northerners have suggested, I never can believe that in the 19th century, the civilized world will be condemned to witness the destruction of such a gallant race.
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