Hurrah for the War!

July 26, 1861

Under the Refuge of Oppression column, from the Bloomington (Ill) Times, is a sarcastic article about “this barbarous civil war”… “Let’s smash up things generally, and return civilization on its tracks a thousand years.  Let’s show the ‘rebels’ and the rest of the world that we have a government, by tearing down the Constitution and setting up a military dictatorship…… Let’s shut up all the churches; turn all the schools into recruiting stations….”