A Most Interesting Book
I recently completed reading a book by Charles Adams entitled:
Slavery, Secession, and Civil War, Views from the United Kingdom and Europe, 1856 – 1865, (Scarecrow Press, Inc. Lanham, Maryland, Toronto, Plymouth UK 2007).
Adams, author of “When in the Course of Human Events”, compiles several hundred editorials and articles from foreign Newspapers and Periodicals, (mostly English) in an attempt to give the reader some insights into the foreign view of America’s “Civil War”.
Taking into account that the English, as a rule, were profoundly anti-slavery in their sentiment, it is surprising to see how much sympathy existed for the South in that country. The passage below, taken from an English magazine in 1862, reveals a rather common view of what many Englishmen viewed as the intent behind Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. Apparently it would seem, much I’m sure to the chagrin of today’s Lincoln-worshipping historians, a negative view of the Emancipation is not the sole domain of today’s “Neo-Confederates”. It would appear that many who were alive at the time, (including, it would seem, many non-Southerners), could smell horse manure as well as we can today.
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From “Blackwood’s Magazine”
“The Crisis of the American War”, November 1862, pp. 636 -646
Page 79 – The past month has brought us to the veritable crisis of the great civil war in America. Brought to bay upon their own soil, the Federals in desperation have invoked to their aid the unutterable horrors of a servile war. With their armies baffled and beaten, and with the standard of the rebel army again within site of Washington, the President has at length owned the impossibility of success in fair warfare, and seeks to paralyze the victorious armies of the South by letting loose upon their hearths and homes the lust and savagery of four million Negroes. The die is cast. Henceforth it is a war of extermination. The North seeks to make the South a desert – a wilderness of bloodshed and misery; for thus only, now, does it or can it hope to overcome the seceding Confederacy. Monstrous, reckless, devilish as the project is, we believe it will not succeed. But it at least marks the crisis and turning-point of the war. It shows that the North has shot its last bolt, – the effect of which we do not yet see, but beyond which there is no other. It proves what every one in this country was loath to believe, that rather than let the Southern States be independent, rather than lose their trade and custom, the North would league itself with Beelzebub, and seek the make a hell out of half of the continent. In return, this atrocious act justifies the South in hoisting the black flag, and in proclaiming a war without quarter against the Yankee hosts. And thus, within the bosom of civilization, we are called upon to contemplate a war more full of horrors and wickedness than any which stands recorded in history.