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Attitudes about Civil War in the North

February 1, 1864
The New York Herald

The Returning Regiments - The War and the Ni**er.

Regiments from the various armies of the country are now
arriving in this city and in the other cities of the North
every few days - regiments of weather-beaten, well seasoned
fellows, who have outlived the labors and battles of nearly
three years of war, and who now, many of them, see home for
the first time since their original departure. They are the
men whom the country should honor most of all its sons. Their
devotion and valor have saved it on a dozen fields, and now,
with a full knowledge of all the hardships and perils of a
soldierlife, they have enlisted again to go out and fight
all their battles over if need be. Yet they are met with the
greatest apathy. The public received them with cool
indifference, or not at all. In this city they are landed at
some one of the lower piers, pick their way up Broadway
between the hacks, file into the Park Barracks - and that is
all. They do not attract as much notice as one of our militia
regiments might on its way to a tiger ball or a promenade
concert. And it appears to be the same in other places.

What does this mean? Does it mean that our people have
lost their old enthusiastic admiration for all that is
honorable and brave? Does it mean that the spirit that set
the whole country ablaze at the assault on Sumter has died
out? No; but it means that the people no longer recognize
these men as their representatives in a glorious struggle. It
is an ominous sign to the party in power; for it means that
the people no longer consider the war a war for the salvation
of the country. The war, as managed by the administration,
has degenerated to a strife about the nixxer. The people see
this, and are disgusted at it. They are aggrieved that the
struggle into which they entered so heartily to sustain the
nation has been thus diverted by a miserable faction. As was
said in Congress the other day, burden of taxation that
the people are compelled to bear, and the other miseries
incident to the war, have but a poor recompense in the
equality of the negro."And this is a popular idea - an idea
that becomes daily more and more a popular conviction. It is
this idea that makes the people indifferent to the soldiers,
and to the war; and that there is such an idea abroad is the
most ominous sign of the present to the dominant party.

The people will not much longer see the best interests of
the country thus sacrificed to the nixxer. If, as is now
probable, the republican party shall renominate Lincoln, and
the people see before them another four years of the ni**er,
they will find their remedy at the ballot box. Lincoln
nomination by the republicans will organize a new democratic
party - a party that will have no affiliation with the "
men and copperheads, but with a broad national platform on
which the people can unite, and a party which will nominate
General Grant or General McClellan, and carry one or the other
of these popular heroes to the Presidency by an overwhelming
vote. There could be no question of the success of such a
party; and if it elected General McClellan, Grant would be
General in Chief, while, if it elected Grant, McClellan would
be restored to the position from which the radicals drove him.
With a government thus reorganized there would soon be an end
to the war, and the people would be troubled no more with the
ni**er.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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