July 23 1862 - Gratifying response, but concern about the disloyal
Herald and Torch
Wednesday Morning, July 23, 1862.
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A Gratifying Response.
With heartfelt gratification we witness the prompt and patriotic responses which have been made to the President’s call for more troops to put down the insurrection and rescue the country from the destruction which is impending over it. Every breeze from the North and the West is freighted with the war spirit revived and intensified. The newspapers arc filled with the cheering particulars of innumerable meetings—some of them monster gatherings of the people—which have been held, for the purpose of offering men and money to the National Government as long as it may need either to subdue its enemies and constrain them to submit to its authority. In the Metropolis of the Nation, the great city of New York, from thirty to fifty thousand people of all shades of politics, except that which inculcates treason as a remedy for fancied wrongs, assembled last week, and resolved in effect that the Union which, during the year, has cost so much blood and treasure, must be battled where any blood or treasure is left in the country : and that, to this end, the legitimate directors of the war must be upheld in every effort for its successful prosecution, and impelled onward by the people to greater efforts and the most decisive measures. The same sentiments substantially were enunciated at the meetings everywhere, and solemn pledges given that the Government shall be supported in the prosecution of the war with the utmost possible vigor till the rebellion is overcome and its leaders are brought to merited punishment.
But while loyal men are thus freely pledging their lives and their treasure to the maintenance of the Government, are the disloyal to be wholly exempted from duty to that Government? In Maryland and other Border Slave States these latter are very numerous, and if the volunteer system of raising troops is to be exclusively adhered to, of course they will remain at home, enjoy the benefits and blessings of a Government which other and better men are sacrificing their health in wearisome marches and perilling their lives on the field of battle to defend and perpetuate. Is this just? Is it safe to send the Union men to the camps and battle fields of the country, where they will be exposed to all the casualties of war, and leave the semi-secessionist and the matured rebel behind to give aid and comfort to the enemy, and possibly pilot his armed hosts into the very midst of our State? Look at Kentucky, while thirty-five Regiments of her loyal citizens are in the Federal Army far away from their homes, the guerillas under Morgan have penetrated the heart of that State, and threatened its very capitol.— Could they have done this without the assistance of resident traitors? It is not likely. On the contrary, we have no doubt these traitors welcomed Morgan’s banditti, fed them and gave them whatever information they could as to the disposition of the Federal forces. Such men cannot be left behind in the Border States. They must go with the loyal, and fight for their country, or receive the traitor’s doom.
-Our Correspondent “Union,” in one of his communications in another column, throws out some suggestions upon this very subject, which are worthy the serious consideration of our State and National Authorities, and to which their attention is respectfully directed.
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