“What of Your Peace Principles Now?”

June 14, 1861

An unsigned article responds to the question raised “by those whose military ardor is now at white heat”.   Near the end of the article comes this:  “But are we not giving our sympathies to the government as against the secession movement?  Certainly-because, as between the combatants, there is no wrong or injustice on the side of the government, while there is nothing but violence, robbery, confiscation, perfidy, lynch law, usurpation, and a most diabolical purpose, on the side of the secessionists. The weapons resorted to, on both sides, are the same; yet it is impossible not to wish success to the innocent, and defeat to the guilty party….”