Diary, from ... 1861-(1863). (Google eBook)

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Page 90 - In the long run the blame for eventual disasters will be put at Mr. Lincoln's door. Thank heaven ! the area for action and the powers of McClellan are extended and increased. The administration seems to understand the exigencies of the day. I am told that the patriotic and brave Senator Wade, disgusted with the slowness and inanity of the administration, exclaimed, " I do not wonder that people desert to Jeff. Davis, as he shows brains ; I may desert myself.
Page 166 - The Africo-Americans are the true producers of the Southern wealth cotton, rice, tobacco, etc. When emancipated and transformed into small farmers, these laborious men will increase and ameliorate the culture of the land ; and they will produce by far more when the white shams and drones shall be taken out of their way. In the South, bristling with Africo-American villages, will almost disappear fillibusterism, murder, and the bowie knife, and other supreme manifestations of Southern chivalrous...
Page 98 - Lincoln, but do not yet come to daylight. Mr. Lincoln has no experience of men and events, and no knowledge of the past. Seward's influence over Lincoln may be explained by the fact that Lincoln considers Seward as the alpha and omega of every kind of knowledge and information. I still hope, perhaps against hope, that if Lincoln is what the masses believe him to be, a strong mind, then all may come out well. Strong minds, lifted by events into elevated regions, expand more and more ; their " mind's...
Page 278 - For the sake of sacred truth and justice I protest before civilization, humanity, and posterity, that Mr. Lincoln and Mr. Seward intrinsically are wholly innocent of this great satisfaction given to the right, and to national honor. 24 The absurdity of colonization is preserved in the proclamation. How could it have been otherwise ? But if the rebellion is crushed before January 1st, 1863, what then ? If the rebels turn loyal before that term ? Then the people of the North will be cheated. Happily...
Page 116 - Scott diligentlyisQ wed _jthe_ first seeds of antagonism between volunteers and regulars, and diligently nursed them. Around his person in the War Department, and in the army, General Scott kept and maintained officers, who, already before the inauguration, declared, and daily asserted, that if it comes to a war, few officers of the army will unite with the North and remain loyal to the Union. He never forgot to be a Virginian, and was filled with all a Virginian's conceit. To the last hour he warded...
Page 171 - Such an army in a spell will construct turnpike roads and bridges, and if the rebels tear up the railroads, they likewise could be easily repaired. Progressing in the slowest, in the most genuine McClellan manner, the army will reach Richmond with less danger than by the Peninsula. The future American historian ought to record in gold and diamonds the names of those who in the councils opposed McClellan's new strategy. Oh ! Mr. Seward, Mr. Seward, why is your name to be recorded among the most ardent...
Page 147 - The active and acting abolitionists ought to concentrate all their efforts to organize thoroughly and efficiently the district of Beaufort. The success of a productive colony there would serve as a womb for the emancipation at large. Mr. Seward declares that he has given up meddling with military affairs. For his own sake, and for the sake of the country, I ardently wish it were so ; but I shall never believe it. The Investigating Committee has made the most thorough disclosures of the thorough...
Page 21 - The month of March closes, but the administration seems to enjoy the most beatific security. I do not see one single sign of foresight, this cardinal criterion of statesmanship. ^Chase measures the empty abyss of the treasury. Senator Wilson spoke of treason everywhere, but the administration seems not to go to work and to reconstruct, to fill up what treason "has disorganized and emptied. Nothing about reorganizing the army, the navy, refitting the arsenals.
Page 14 - Events will want and demand more positiveness and action than, the message contains assertions. The immense majority around me seems to be satisfied. Well, well ; I wait, and prefer to judge and to admire when actions will speak. I am sure that a great drama will be played, equal to any one known in history, and that the insurrection of the slave-drivers will not end in smoke. So I now decide to keep a diary in my own way. I scarcely know any of those men who are considered as leaders ; the more...
Page 41 - ... mechanics of all industries, of trade, merchants, bankers, lawyers ; all pursuits and professions. Glorious, heart-elevating sight ! These regiments want only a small touch of military organization. Weeks run, troops increase, and not the first step made to organize them into an army, to form brigades, not to say divisions ; not yet two regiments manoeuvring together. What a strange idea the military chief or chiefs, or department, or somebody, must have of what it is to organize an army. Not...

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