Yankee Rebels in 1815
The constitutional interpretation of treason is levying war against the united States, or in adhering to their enemies.
Bernhard Thuersam, Executive Director
Cape Fear Historical Institute
Post Office Box 328
Wilmington, NC 28402
Yankee Rebels in 1815:
Diary Entry: January 9, 1864
"A remarkable parallel is found between the law proposed in our (Confederate) Congress to prevent trade with the enemy and one enacted by the United States Congress in 1815 to stop the Yankees from trading with the British—a business in which New England was largely and constantly engaged. Judge (John A.) Campbell tells me he knew intimately an old gentleman, who lived at that time in the same house with Amos Lawrence and who narrated to him particularly how that pattens Yankee and his brother brought vast quantities of goods from Canada to Lake Champlain in enormous trains of sleighs.
The country was a wilderness and there was small risk of detection, except by those (Yankees) who sympathized with the trade. At the same time, Yankee rebels were carrying supplies to Wellington in Spain under licenses from the British Admiral on the North Atlantic station.
(Inside the Confederate Government, The Diary of Robert Garlick Hill Kean, LSU Press, 1993, pp. 131-132)