Abolition’s Leprous Spot Upon Our Body Politic
From: bernhard1848@att.net
In the run up to war in 1861, North Carolina Unionists like Thomas N. Crumpler of Ashe County identified a class of disunionists primarily responsible for the crisis – those in the North.
Bernhard Thuersam, Director
Cape Fear Historical Institute
Abolition’s Leprous Spot Upon Our Body Politic:
“But Mr. Chairman, it must not be supposed that I hold the disunionists, even the disunionists per se, to be the only persons responsible for the evils that are upon us. There is another class – the Abolitionists of the North – who are primarily responsible and most guilty in this matter. With hearts full of treason to the spirit of the Constitution, they have, for years, been digging at the foundation of our Government. Filled themselves with all that is pestilent, they are, and have been, the leprous spot upon our body politic. Enemies of our country, they deserve execration. Their mischievous and wicked acts, while benefiting neither themselves or the objects of their hypocritical sympathies, have furnished the disunionists with the materials for their plot against the Union.
In the Union and under the Constitution, we have the right to demand that the unconstitutional enactments of some of the Northern States…shall be treated as nullities.
The value of the Union demands that the effort should be made. The horrors of the war that will follow dissolution demand it. Those horrors I shall not attempt to paint. I do not care to speak of that day, when we shall look to every corner as the messenger of evil tidings…Each man for himself can better imagine the scenes of those calamitous days than I can portray them, and each one knows that it is no fancy sketch, but unless the tide of revolution is arrested, the horrible picture will soon be drawn in blood, and lighted up with flame.
I think the Union can yet be preserved. The Lincoln administration is powerless to harm us. Let us labor for this result, and even if we do fail, and in civil war we are called to die upon some gory field far from home and kindred, it will not be unpleasant to reflect in the last hour, that we strove to avert the ruin of our country. And if success crowns oyr efforts, to the latest day of our lives we will enjoy the satisfaction of having contributed our humble assistance in transmitting to posterity the blessings of this great and free government, founded by our fathers.”
(Speech (excerpts) of Thomas N. Crumpler, of Ashe, on Federal Relations, Delivered in the North Carolina House of Commons, January 10, 1861)