Failure of the Abolitionists

May 15, 1863

Under the Refuge of Oppression, from the Manchester Union,   “The Abolitionists will fail.  They accepted war, which might have been avoided with honor, because they thought it would furnish an occasion to strike at slavery…..Slavery will not be abolished by this war, and our sacrifices of men and women will be in proportion to the extent to which that purpose is carried in its management…..A majority of our people will not willingly take any part in any war whose purpose is not the restoration of the old Union.”