anti-northern diatribes

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WAR PEOPLE SOUTH MEN SOUTHERN MAN NORTH WORLD YANKEE NORTHERN LINCOLN YANKEES COUNTRY BLOOD NATION HANDS MAKE TRUE HUMAN HISTORY POWER ENEMIES RACE HUMANITY

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Monday, August 26, 1861

Republican Tyranny.

The brutal tyranny exercised by the Lincolnites in Maryland, Missouri, and wherever they have been able to obtain a foothold; the atrocities equalled only by those of the Sepays which their soldiery have committed, and the unheard of deed of despotism and darkness with which they threaten the . . . more

Republican Tyranny.

The brutal tyranny exercised by the Lincolnites in Maryland, Missouri, and wherever they have been able to obtain a foothold; the atrocities equalled only by those of the Sepays which their soldiery have committed, and the unheard of deed of despotism and darkness with which they threaten the South, have dissipated forever the complacent notion once so prevalent that America was the most civilized, humane and freedom-loving of modern nations. This can no longer be presented of the Northern States. The very people who claim to be the freest of all others have shown themselves the most cruel and despotic, and the sanctimonious men who are eternally talking about benighted Europeans and sending missionaries and colporteurs to elevate them to their own high religious standard, have proved themselves as beastly and degraded as the South- Sea Islanders. There is no despot in Europe who ever showed himself as merciless and implacable as Abraham Lincoln, and no mob in any part of the world at once more servile and truculent than his supporters.

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Wednesday, February 01, 1865

None but the contemptible are apprehensive of contempt.

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Tuesday, September 15, 1863

D. S. Dickinson.

—Of all the morale pers that this war has revealed, the man whose name heads this paragraph is the most foul and hideous. The records of party tergiversation and personal corruption nowhere shew his parallel. Such a leap as that man has made from the . . . more

D. S. Dickinson.

—Of all the morale pers that this war has revealed, the man whose name heads this paragraph is the most foul and hideous. The records of party tergiversation and personal corruption nowhere shew his parallel. Such a leap as that man has made from the pinnacle of ultra Southern Rights to the deepest and slimiest abyss of Abolitionism is without an example in political history. It is almost incredible that the being who now howls for halters, dungeons, and exile, for the Southern leaders, was himself an ardent and boisterous champion of the South till the hour when the South needed friends, and then, in an instant, he sprang into the ranks of its bitterest and vilest enemies. Rotten, rotten to the core, and absolutely boastful of his foul deformities and glorying in his shame! And he talks of halters for traitors! The false, treacherous villain! He has not even the remorse of Judas Iscariot, or he would put a halter around his own caitiff neck and relieve mankind of the whitest-liveried and blackest hearted monster that the world has seen for eighteen hundred years.

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Thursday, December 17, 1863

The Favorite Pulley of Villain.

When a people or a party have determined upon a great crime, it is their invariable rule, as attested by all history, to charge upon those whom they mean to destroy some enormity which will justify their premeditated wickedness in the eyes of the world . . . more

The Favorite Pulley of Villain.

When a people or a party have determined upon a great crime, it is their invariable rule, as attested by all history, to charge upon those whom they mean to destroy some enormity which will justify their premeditated wickedness in the eyes of the world and make it appear righteous retribution.—The moral sense of mankind would not brook open and undisguised persecution and plunder, and therefore it has always been found necessary to have a plausible pretext, which will convert the intended villainy in the eyes of the world into a virtue. The Jews, before they put to death the Divine Founder of Christianity, raised an outcry against him of being a leader of sedition, and of endeavoring to overturn the Government of C┼ôsar, although, in point of fact, nothing would have recommended him to them as much as the very offence with which they charged him before Pilate. In like manner the ancient heathen sought to justify their persecution of the early Christians by accusing them of eating human flesh at their religious celebrations. These are only a few out of innumerable examples which history affords of the policy of first giving a bad name to those you mean to destroy, and thus making men believe that their blackest of crimes is the greatest of virtues.

The present war is the latest Illustration of the principle to which we refer. The Yankees wanted our country for themselves, but they could not turn us out of our homes and seize our farms and property without some pretext. They have therefore been holding us up for years to the execration of the world as a gang of bloody and brutal slaveholders—the greatest tyrants and oppressors on the face of the earth. By the same process, and by continual aggressions, they have been forcing us into an attitude of resistance, and, when we have at last resisted, denounce us as rebels, and call upon the whole world to back them in exterminating the wicked oppressors of the poor negroes from the face of the earth. In every detail of the war the same policy is manifested. They charge some monstrous crime upon the Confederates in order to justify the commission of a greater crime by themselves. Their vile stories about the cruel treatment of the Richmond prisoners are only intended to afford a justification of the most hideous oppression of our own prisoners in their hands. Oh, wretches! When will the justice of heaven descend upon your guilty heads?

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Saturday, April 20, 1861

Who we have to Fight.

The proceedings of the brutal mobs in Philadelphia, New York, &c., are of course what might be expected of those sewers into which the whole world has poured its superfluous filth and scum. The action of these church-burning, flour-plundering, swinish groundlings, has no terrors for . . . more

Who we have to Fight.

The proceedings of the brutal mobs in Philadelphia, New York, &c., are of course what might be expected of those sewers into which the whole world has poured its superfluous filth and scum. The action of these church-burning, flour-plundering, swinish groundlings, has no terrors for any but their Northern masters, the cowardly conservatives, or conservative cowards, who succumbed at the first onset of their white slaves. It is not only easy but delightful for bestial and craven natures to be ferocious and blood thirsty where there is no danger, and Philadelphia, New York, &c., being supposed to be perfectly secure from bombardment, of course the dogs, wolves, hyenas, &c., had it all their own way. But upon the barbarians who compose the lower orders of the Northern cities, and who are much inferior in humanity and refinement to African negroes, it is a waste of ammunition to exhaust a single invective. The grossness and bestialities of these "lewd fellows of the baser sort" are all upon the surface, and therefore, bad as they are, they are not as contemptible as their masters. With some exceptions, the wealthy classes of the Northern cities are reptiles who have emerged from the same Stygian mud in which the more demonstrative and unclean mob are now wallowing, and in no wise differ from them except in their wealth, which has no power to confer elevated sentiments or purity of character. Consequently, as their own newspapers testify, the classes of those cities called conservative, which is but another name for men of money, are the most depraved and ignorant of any society in the world which pretends to social elevation and influence.—It is believed that Paris, in its worst days, never equalled the corruptions of society among the fashionable classes in the Northern cities. For true conservatism we have the most profound respect, and Heaven forbid that, in forming a new Government, the South should leave root or branch of that accursed levelling and agrarian spirit which has brought this country to its ruin. But for the whited political and moral sepulchres of the North called conservatives, simply because they have money in their purse and seek to conserve it at the cost of a nation's peace and happiness, we have no sentiments but those of profound loathing and abhorrence.

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Saturday, October 04, 1862

Fanaticism,

The power of Fanaticism, which has at length taken complete possession of the Northern government, has never been more strikingly illustrated than in the present war. "Be not righteous over much," and "Let your moderation be known unto all men," are texts of the Bible always ignored by Puritan . . . more

Fanaticism,

The power of Fanaticism, which has at length taken complete possession of the Northern government, has never been more strikingly illustrated than in the present war. "Be not righteous over much," and "Let your moderation be known unto all men," are texts of the Bible always ignored by Puritan theologians. Nevertheless, there is no greater danger to religion and evil to society than fanaticism, and men of true virtue will always be on their guard against it. The excesses committed by Cromwell's fanatical soldiery in Ireland were not only as great, but in many respects identical with those perpetrated by the Robespierre bloodhounds in the French revolution, showing that infidelity and fanaticism are equally destructive of morality peace, and even common humanity. The descendants of the same fanatical race have brought upon this continent all its present afflictions, simply from the same madness of religious zeal and bigotry which turned England upside down, and now threatens to make a St. Domingo of the South. When men begin to be more righteous than the Bible, they generally end by becoming less righteous than the most shameless publicans and sinners.

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Thursday, November 05, 1863

Why the Difference?

The spirit in which this war has been conducted by the Yankee Government and people is an indelible stain upon the boasted civilization of the nineteenth century. If the war which they have made upon us had been ever so just in itself, their manner of conducting . . . more

Why the Difference?

The spirit in which this war has been conducted by the Yankee Government and people is an indelible stain upon the boasted civilization of the nineteenth century. If the war which they have made upon us had been ever so just in itself, their manner of conducting it has been such as to render the original merits of the quarrel a matter of inferior importance, and to place their enemies upon a vantage ground in which they may appeal to the justice of God and the sympathies of mankind for the success of their cause. The history of war among civilized nations may be searched in vain for a parallel to the perfidy, inhumanity and cruelty which both the Executive at Washington and the Generals and soldiers under its command have exhibited toward the Southern people. This is not the language of passion or prejudice, but a plain and undeniable historical fact, which has been demonstrated every day and every night for nearly three years, in massacred prisoners, burning dwellings, peaceable citizens shot down at their own firesides, multitudes carried into dreary captivity, and women and children driven from their homes to find shelter in the woods and among wild beasts, or the pitiless charities of the world. Time would fail us, and language has no power to depict all the vast variety of innumerable atrocities which we have suffered at their hands, and not one of which belong to war as it is now carried on by civilized nations.

It must be reserved for calmer hours, and a more philosophical analysis than we are able to bestow upon Yankee character, to explain how it is that a people professing to be the cream and essence of nineteenth century civilization have converted themselves at a bound into the brutes and barbarians which our enemies have proved themselves in this war. Why the difference between the humanity and decorum which, even according to Yankee testimony, were exhibited by the Confederates when invading the North and the unheard-of ferocity and ruffianism of the Federal troops upon Southern soil? We believe that the causes must be looked for in essential differences of character and training between the South and that heterogeneous compound, not only of all nations, but of the vilest blood of all nations which constitutes what is called "the North." That the standard of virtue and of real civilization has been always higher in the slaveholding than the non-slaveholding States we have never doubted for a moment. The principles of morality and religion have been more universally respected and practiced, there has been a loftier sense of personal honor, the agricultural mode of life has secured the South from the vices which commerce and wealth bring in their train, the homogeneous character of the people has saved them from the corrupting miasma which is engendered by the sewers of European immigration, and the influences of the educated classes—which demagogism has never been able to subvert here—have contributed their powerful aid to the tone and elevation of Southern society.

Whatever the cause, and whatever may be the results of this quarrel, the North has degraded itself irreparably in its mode of conducting this war. It has shown that any society which casts off the restraints of religion, which prides itself upon universal equality, and acknowledges no superiors in earth or heaven, must degenerate into an assemblage of brutes and demons, whose fitting end is to be destroyed.

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Friday, October 17, 1862

Atrocities in Missouri

The Northern press gives accounts which makes the blood run cold of the deliberate murder of Southern prisoners by their own troops in Missouri. There is no mistake about this. The statements of their atrocities come from their own mouths. They publish them themselves, boast of them, . . . more

Atrocities in Missouri

The Northern press gives accounts which makes the blood run cold of the deliberate murder of Southern prisoners by their own troops in Missouri. There is no mistake about this. The statements of their atrocities come from their own mouths. They publish them themselves, boast of them, and declare that they will continue to perpetrate them in all like cases. The crime of these unfortunate Southern citizens was the alleged shooting of some of the scoundrels, who had desolated their hearths and homes. In one case, a man who had not committed even this offence was torn from his family, and, in spite of the tears and entreaties of his wife and children, mercilessly butchered. And all these atrocities upon our own people are permitted to pass without retaliation! To this day the foul murder of Mumford remains unavenged, and by our own acts we proclaim to the Lincoln despotism that they may do what they please with our people, without fear of retribution at our hands

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Tuesday, May 21, 1861

The Massacre of the Innocents.

Who can read the slaughter of the innocent women and children in St. Louis without a tear? Who can think of these helpless and unoffending ones of our own Southern family, butchered in cold blood by the foreign mercenaries of Lincoln, without indescribable . . . more

The Massacre of the Innocents.

Who can read the slaughter of the innocent women and children in St. Louis without a tear? Who can think of these helpless and unoffending ones of our own Southern family, butchered in cold blood by the foreign mercenaries of Lincoln, without indescribable Horror and rage? We had supposed that in Europe alone, where these murderers profess to have suffered from despotism, such atrocities could be committed. It seems not. They, the bloody barbarians, have introduced them in the land which gave them a refuge, as a recompense for the kindness that sheltered them here. The day of retribution will come. Wretches who can murder women and children are beyond the pale of civilization, and ought to be hunted down like wild beasts.

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Friday, April 26, 1861

Gen. Pierce.

The fiery furnace of the times is testing patriots everywhere. Gen. Pierce, the loudest of all men in his professions of devotion to the Constitution, has gone over body and boots to the enemy. For our own part, we never had any faith in politicians, no . . . more

Gen. Pierce.

The fiery furnace of the times is testing patriots everywhere. Gen. Pierce, the loudest of all men in his professions of devotion to the Constitution, has gone over body and boots to the enemy. For our own part, we never had any faith in politicians, no matter what party they belong to. Human nature is corrupt enough at its best, and a politician's human nature is worst of all. There is a class of unfortunate women whom all the world execrates; they are not as bad as the politicians. Both are equally corrupt, but the one class is so from passion, and perhaps from misfortune; the other from selfish and deliberate calculation. The rank and file of the people of all parties are honest and patriotic, but the leaders would in general sell their own country and their souls for a mess of pottage. We have more respect for an out and out Abolitionist than for the hypocritical Conservatives of the North. The Abolitionist is an honest fool; the Conservative a sordid and sneaking knave. May Heaven's righteous indignation blast and annihilate them both!

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