Monday, May 17, 2010

Eight Great Blunders

The Religious Herald, a Baptist paper published in Richmond, Va., very candidly says, that the South has made eight great blunders, and enumerates them as below. The R. I. Argus copies the article with the remark, that “it shows so much more coolness of judgment and candor of mind than we are in the habit of finding in our Southern exchanges, that we deem it worthy of special notice.” We commend the fifth blunder enumerated to the Democrat of this city, which is still backing up the South in the maintenance of this wretched blunder into which its friends have fallen:

1. In firing upon Fort Sumter.

2. In believing there would be a divided North and an apathetic Federal Government.

3. In believing that they would have the hearty sympathies of Europe.

4. In believing that the bonds of their Confederacy would readily be taken in Europe.

5. In believing that the military power of the North would be directed in a crusade against slavery, rather than employed for the overthrow of treason and the establishment of the Union and Constitution.

6. In believing that Northern courage and physique were no match for Southern, or that in battle one Southerner equaled five Yankees.

7. In believing that the flag of the cotton oligarchy would wave above the capital at Washington, and the roll of slaves be called on Bunker Hill.

8. In believing that the fancied omnipotence of cotton would dominated over the commerce of the world.

– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Monday Morning, February 10, 1862, p. 2

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