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tery there, was glad thenceforth to strong, had been utterly routed and take all that offered, and to solicit dispersed by Beauregard's 15,000 to where it had been so earnestly soli- 20,000 Confederates. cited. The nation awoke from a Yet it is to be added that, whatdream of invincibility and easy tri- ever the exultation of one party, the umph to find itself inextricably in. depression of the other was not withvolved in a desperate and dubious out its compensations. The North, at struggle for life. And the thinly first stunned, was ultimately rather disguised or utterly undisguised ex- chastened and sobered than disheartultation wherewith the news of this ened or unnerved by its great disdisaster was received by thousands aster; while the South, intoxicated whose sympathy with the Rebels had by its astounding success, expended hitherto been suppressed, or only in- , in fruitless exultation energies that dulged in secret, proved that, in the might better have been devoted to struggle now upon us, the Republic preparation for future and more decould not count on the support even termined struggles. If, as the Conof all those who still claimed to be federates were told, 15,000 of their loyal to the Constitution and Union. raw recruits, badly armed and provi
ded, had sufficed to rout and scatter On the other hand, the Rebellion double or treble their number of was immensely strengthened and | Yankees, superbly equipped for the consolidated by its victory. Tens contest, what need could there be for of thousands throughout the South, self-denial, and sacrifice, and a genwho had hitherto submitted in si eral volunteering to recruit their viclence to proceedings which they con- torious armies? They hastily condemned and deplored, but lacked the cluded that the struggle was virtually power or the courage to resist, yet over--that nothing remained but to whose hearts were still with their prescribe the terms on which peace whole country and the old flag, now should be accorded to the vanquished; abandoned the Union as hopelessly and this delusion continued for months lost, and sought, by zeal in the cause undispelled and effective. of the Rebellion, to efface the recol And thus, while the instant effect lection of their past coldness and in- of the tidings was the doubling of the fidelity; while no one who had pre- Rebel numbers in the field and a reviously been a Rebel any longer duction of ours by half, yet a few cherished a shadow of doubt that the weeks sufficed to efface this disparity, independence of the Confederacy was and the expiration of three months secured. The vote of Tennessee for saw our forces swelled once more till Secession, the sudden uprising of a they exceeded those of the enemy. great Rebel army in Missouri, and The Nation, flung headlong to the the strengthening of the cause and earth, and temporarily paralyzed by its defenders everywhere, owe much her fall, rose at length with a truer of their impulse to the dispatches appreciation of the power, the purwhich 'flashed over the rejoicing pose, and the venom of her foes, and South assurances that the grand ar- a firmer resolve that they should be my of the North, 35,000 to 50,000 grappled with and overcome.
ORGANIZATION OF THE XXXVIITH CONGRESS.
THE EXTRA SESSION.
THE XXXVIIth Congress con- / ate, the four States first named were vened, pursuant to the President's fully represented; while Andrew summons, in Extra Session, at noon on | Johnson was present from Tennesthe 4th of July; when, on a call of see, making 44 in all. Western Virthe roll, an ample quorum of either ginia had chosen three members at House was found in attendance, in the regular State election in April, cluding full delegations from Ken- while another had been elected by a tucky, Missouri, Maryland, and light vote, either then or subsequentDelaware. Tennessee had not yet ly, from the district lying along the chosen Representatives; and, when Potomac, above and below Harper's she did choose, at her regular State Ferry. Of Representatives, 157 in all election, five weeks later, only the answered to their names at the first three districts east of the mountains call. Galusha A. Grow [Republielected members to the Union Con- can], of Pennsylvania, was chosen gress; and, of these, one-Thomas Speaker, and Emerson Etheridge A. R. Nelson-being arrested by the [Bell-Everett], of Tennessee, Clerk of Rebels while on his way to Washing- the House. John W. Forney [Dougton, regained his liberty by renoun- las], of Pennsylvania, was soon aftercing the Union and professing ad- ward elected Clerk of the Senate. herence to the Rebellion. Of the President Lincoln's Message , was seceded States, only Arkansas chose transmitted to both Houses on the Representatives to Congress in 1860; following day. It was largely deand these renounced their seats by voted to a recital of occurrences alopen and active adhesion to the ready narrated. It did not distinctly Southern Confederacy. In the Sen- avow that the Government had ever
The Representatives from Kentucky had One of the Democrats had already gone over to been chosen a few weeks before at a special | the Rebellion, as two more of them did afterelection, wherein nine districts elected 'conser ward. vative or pro-Slavery Unionists, while the 1st
3 Maryland had very recently chosen her Repreëlected, by a considerable majority, Henry C.
resentatives at a special election, wherein each Burnett, a Secessionist, who only served through
district elected a professed Unionist--the 6th the Extra Session, and then fled to participate
(south-western) by barely 162 majority. But openly in the Rebellion. The only remaining
Henry May, elected as a Democrat over Win. district seriously contested was the 8th (Fayette,
ter Davis in the Baltimore city district, by 8,424 Bourbon, etc.), which elected John J. Crittenden
votes to 6,214, received the unanimous and ar(Union) over William E. Simms (late Democrat,
dent support of the Secessionists, and, as afternow Secessionist), by 8,272 to 5,706. The aggregate vote of the State showed a preponderance of more than two to one for the Union. 4 Delaware had elected George P. Fisher
2 The members from this State had been cho- (Unionist), in 1860, by the combined vote of the sen in August, 1860: five of them as Democrats; Lincoln and Bell parties-giving him 257 majorone (Francis P. Blair,) as a Republican; another ity over Biggs (Breckinridge); while Reed (Doug(James S. Rollins) as a Bell-Everett Unionist. | las) drew away 761 votes.
purposed the evacuation of Fort! The news of this failure reached Sumter, but set forth the material Washington “just one week before facts as follows:
the fall of Sumter;" and thereupon "On the 5th of March (the present in
the President proceeded at once to
the cumbent's first full day in office), a letter of notify Gov. Pickens, of South CaroMajor Anderson, commanding at Fort Sum
lina, that he should provision Fort ter, written on the 28th of February, and received at the War Department on the 4th
Sumter. “Whereupon, the fort was of March, was, by that Department, placed attacked and bombarded to its fall, in his hands. This letter expressed the pro
without even awaiting the arrival of fessional opinion of the writer, that reënforcements could not be thrown into that the provisioning expedition." fort within the time for his relief rendered The President sets forth the course necessary by the limited supply of provisions, and with a view of liolding posses
with regard to the seceded States sion of the same, with a force of less than which he had endeavored to pursue, twenty thousand good and well-disciplined
until forced to abandon it by viomen. This opinion was concurred in by all the officers of his cominand, and their me
lence and bloodshed on their part, as moranda on the subject were made in follows: closures of Major Anderson's letter. The
“The policy chosen looked to the exwhole was immediately laid before Lieut.Gen. Scott, who at once concurred with
haustion of all peaceful measures before & Major Anderson in opinion. On reflection,
resort to any stronger ones. It sought only however, he took full time, consulting with
to hold the public places and property not other officers, both of the Army and of the
already wrested from the Government, and Navy, and, at the end of four days, came
to collect the revenue; relying for the rest reluctantly but decidedly to the same con
on time, discussion, and the ballot-box. It clusion as before. He also stated, at the
promised a continuance of the inails, at same time, that no such sufficient force was
Government expense, to the very people then at the control of the Government, or
who were resisting the Government; and it could be raised and brought to the ground
ali gave repeated pledges against any disturbwithin the time when the provisions in the
ance to any of the people, or any of their fort would be exhausted. In a purely mili
rights. Of all that which a President might tary point of view, this reduced the duty of
constitutionally and justifiably do in such a the Administration in the case to the mere
case, everything was forborne, without matter of getting the garrison safely out of
which it was believed possible to keep the the fort."
Government on foot.”
But this policy it was neither the Thus baffled with regard to Fort Sumter, the Administration had re
| interest nor the disposition of the
Confederates, as such, to acquiesce solved to reënforce and provision
in. The naked fact that it was Fort Pickens, Fla., simply as an indi
deemed advisable on the part of the cation of its purpose to maintain, in
Union, raises the presumption that it the South, the constitutional rights
would not answer the ends of the of the Government; and had dis
Secessionists. Says the President: patched the steainship Brooklyn to
" They have forced upon the country the Pensacola for that purpose; but had
distinct issue: 'immediate dissolution or been defeated in its effort, because blood.'
"And this issue embraces more than the " the officer commanding the Sabine, to fate of these United States. It presents to which vessel the troops had been transferred the whole family of man the question, from the Brooklyn, acting upon some quasi whether a constitutional republic or dearmistice of the late Administration (and | mocracy-a government of the people by of the existence of which the present Ad- | the same people--can or cannot maintain ministration, up to the time the order was its territorial integrity against its own dodispatched, had only too vague and uncer mestic foes. It presents the question, tain rumors to fix attention), had refused to whether discontented individuals, too few land the troops."
in numbers to control administration, ac
cording to organic law, in any case, can, and give them disunion without a struggle always, upon the pretenses made in this of their own. It recognizes no fidelity to case, or on any other pretenses, or arbi the Constitution, no obligation to maintain trarily, without any pretense, break up the Union; and, while very many who their government, and thus practically put favored it are, doubtless, loyal citizens, it is, an end to free government upon the earth. nevertheless, very injurious in effect." It forces us to ask: "Is there in all republics. this inherent and fatal weakness? As to the work directly in hand, Must a government, of necessity, be too the President thus briefly proclaims : strong for the liberties of its own people, or .. too weak to maintain its own existence?
"It is now recommended that you give “So viewing the issue, no choice was left the legal means for making this contest a but to call out the war power of the Gov short and decisive one; that you place at ernment; and so, to resist force employed the control of the Government, for the work, for its destruction by force employed for its
, at least four hundred thousand men and preservation."
$400,000,000. That number of men is about
one-tenth of those of proper ages within the After a brief exposure of the deceit
regions where, apparently, all are willing to and violence which governed the issue engage; and the sum is less than a twenty
third part of the money value owned by the of the pretended submission, in Vir
men who seem ready to devote the whole. ginia and other States, of the question A debt of $600,000,000 now is a less sum of Secession to a vote of the people, per head than was the debt of our Revolu
tion when we came out of that struggle; after they had been bound hand and
and the money value in the country now foot to the car of the Confederacy, bears even a greater proportion to what it Mr. Lincoln says:
was then than does the population. Surely,
each man has as strong a motive nolo to prea “The people of Virginia have thus allowed serve our liberties as each had then to estabthis giant insurrection to make its nest with
Llish them. in her borders; and this Government has no “A right result, at this time, will be worth choice left but to deal with it where it finds more to the world than ten times the inen it. And it has the less regret, as the loyal and ten times the money.” citizens have, in due form, claimed its protection. Those loyal citizens this Govern
The cool assumptions and fluent ment is bound to recognize and protect, as sophistries of the Confederates, with being Virginia."
regard to State Rights, are very With regard to the self-styled neu- frankly and thoroughly handled by trality of Kentucky, as of other States the President; but those who are which had, by this time, passed out familiar with the teachings of Webof that chrysalis condition into open ster and Jackson on this subject can rebellion, the President forcibly says: need no further argument. Mr. Lin
“In the Border States, so called-in fact, coln thus deals with the fiction of the Middle States—there are those who favor State Sovereignty: a policy which they call 'armed neutrality;' that is, an arming of these States to prevent “The States have their status In the the Union forces passing one way, or the Union; and they have no other legal status. Disunion the other, over their soil. This If they break from this, they can only do so would be disunion completed. Figuratively against law and by revolution. The Union, speaking, it would be building an impassable and not themselves separately, procured wall along the line of separation and yet, | their independence and their liberty. By not quite an impassable one; for, under the conquest or purchase, the Union gave each guise of neutrality, it would tie the hands of of them whatever of independence and libthe Union men, and freely pass supplies erty it has. The Union is older than any of from among them to the insurrectionists, I the States, and, in fact, it created them as which it could not do as an open enemy. States. Originally, some independent coloAt a stroke, it would take all the trouble off nies made the Union; and, in turn, the Union the hands of Secession, except only what threw off their old dependence for them and proceeds from the external blockade. It made them States, such as they are. Not would do for the Disunionists that which, of one of them ever had a State constitution all things, they most desire-feed them well, independent of the Union,"
As to the proper division, or parti- of the others from that one: it would be
exactly what the seceders claim to do; untion, of powers between the Federal
less, indeed, they make the point, that the and the State governments, he says: one, because it is a minority, may rightfully : “Whatever concerns the whole should be
do what the others, because they are a maconfided to the whole to the General Gov
jority, may not rightfully do." ernment; while whatever concerns only the No mention of Slavery as the State should be left exclusively to the State. This is all there is of original principle about grand, inciting cause of the Rebelit. Whether the National Constitution, in lion occurs in this Message; yet defining boundaries between the two, has
there is significance in the fact, staapplied the principle with exact accuracy, is not to be questioned. We are all bound by
ted by the President, that, while all that defining, without question.”
the Free States had been, beyond exAs to the abstract justice and ception, firm, hearty, and zealous in rightfulness of Secession, he says: responding to his calls for troops :
66 What is now combated is the principle! "None of the States commonly called that Secession is consistent with the Constitution-is lawful and peaceful. It is not con- ment through regular State organization. tended that there is any express law for it; A few regiments have been organized within and nothing should ever be implied as law some others of those States, by individual which leads to unjust or absurd consequen enterprise, and received into the Governces. The nation purchased, with money, the ment service.” countries out of which several of these States were formed. Is it just that they shall go
But that this is essentially a conoff without leave, and withont refunding? test between aristocratic assumption The nation paid very large sums (in the ag- and manulon 1: hontor
and popular liberty the President gregate, I believe, nearly a hundred millions) to relieve Florida of the aboriginal tribes. Is perceives, and does not hesitate to it just that she shall now be off without con- | declare. He says: sent, or without making any return? The
"Our adversaries have adopted some decnation is now in debt for money applied to
larations of independence, in which, unlike the benefit of these so-called seceding States, in common with the rest. Is it just, either
the good old one penned by Jefferson, they that creditors shall go unpaid, or the remain.
omit the words 'all men are created equal.'
A part of the ing States pay the whole ?
They have adopted a temporary present National debt was contracted to pay
National Constitution, in the preamble of the old debts of Texas. Is it just that she
which, unlike our good old one signed by shall leave, and pay no part of this herself ?
Washington, they omit, “We, the people,' “Again : If one State may secede, so may
and substitute We, the deputies of the soveanother; and when all shall have seceded,
reign and independent States.' Why? Why none is left to pay the debts. Is this quite
this deliberate pressing out of view the rights just to creditors ? Did we notify them of
of inen and the authority of the people? this sage view of ours when we borrowed
“ This is essentially a people's contest. On their money? If we now recognize this doc
the side of the Union, it is a struggle for trine, by allowing the seceders to go in peace,
maintaining in the world that form and subit is difficult to see what we can do if others
stance of government whose leading object
is to elevate the condition of men to lift choose to go, or to extort terms upon which they will promise to remain."
artificial weights from all shoulders--to clear
the paths of laudable pursuit for all-to The following illustration of the afford all an unfettered start and a fair essential unreasonableness of Seces chance in the race of life. Yielding to par
tial and temporary departures, from necession is ingenious and striking :
sity, this is the leading object of the Goy“If all the States, save one, should assert ernment for whose existence we contend. the power to drive that one out of the Union, "I am most happy to believe that the it is presumed the whole class of seceder poli plain people understand and appreciate this. ticians would at once deny the power, and It is worthy of note that while, in this tlie denounce the act as the greatest outrage upon Government's hour of trial, large numbers State Rights. But suppose that precisely | of those in the Army and Navy who have the same act, instead of being called 'driving | been favored with the offices have resigned, the one out,' should be called 'the seceding and proved false to the hand that pampered