Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Saturday, April 27

Lucy was down and spent the night.  Ephraim has been here most of the day.  The newspapers from Cincinnati seem to doubt whether Washington is in a position to meet the foe.  Many resignations of civil and military officers of Southern birth -- two hundred it is said, within a few days.  Great indignation is felt toward Baltimore.  Some urge that the city be bombarded at once.  I have felt greatly depressed today.  And have felt like calling upon God to save our country.  What are armed men, horses & chariots or munitions of war without his blessing?  And if He is for us, who can be against us!
William came home this evening. The Telegraph says, Jeff Davis proposes to Lincoln a cessation of hostilities until Congress meets, but it is idle to notice the various "canards" that pass over the wires.  A meeting at Tunnel Station for enlisting "Home Guards".  William made a speech.  William Scott attends all these meetings -- but his patriotism is not above suspicion.  It is painful to think that among us there are those who are traitors to their country.  One, Bill Sharp, a democrat, told F. D. Bailey he meant to fight for the South and could raise in this county five hundred men to do so. Old Mrs. William Skipton expresses the wish, "that the wife of every Republican in Warren might be a widow, and their children orphans".  It shows what the Democratic party is -- Though just now Douglas and other northern men, stand by the flag of the Union, their rank and file among the hills & valleys, have not yet taken their cue.

Editor's notes:
Warren was the township in which Julia lived.

1 comment:

  1. It is interesting to see how the philosophical positions of the Democratic and Republican parties have changed over the years.