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The Continental Monthly, Vol I, Issue I, January 1862

Devoted to Literature and National Policy

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Author: Various Authors
Published: 1862
Language: English
Wordcount: 74,966 / 223 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 55.6
LoC Category: AP
Downloads: 651
Added to site: 2006.08.04
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Genre: Periodical
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sympathy. Both were still rejoicing. The rebel recognized the hand of Providence in the victory, so did the Abolitionist: one, because it would secure to the South its claims; the other, because it would rouse the North to a fiercer prosecution of the war, which had hitherto been waged with 'brotherly reluctance.' Here we leave these sympathizing extremes, and proceed to survey the situation.

The first point we note is, that in the South the war did not originate with the people, but with certain conspirators. In the North, the mighty armament to conquer rebellion is the work of the people alone, not of a cabinet. In the South, it was with difficulty the inhabitants were precipitated into 'secession.' Indeed, in certain States the leaders dared not risk a popular vote. In the North, the rulers, appalled by the extraordinary magnitude of the crisis, were timid and hesitating, until the inhabitants rose in a body to save their national existence.

It is no answer to this assertion, that large armi

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