Oct 5 1864 Letter in Support of Abraham Lincoln
How the Soldiers Feel.
MR. EDITOR—The following is a part of a letter written by a young soldier in the Army of the Potomac to his Father. I transcribe a part of it for insertion in you excellent paper, t you think the sentiments contained in it might subserve the cause you are so earnestly advocating. If such be the clear ring of soldiers in general, it will all be right in November elections.
Yellow Tavern, Weldon R. R. Va.,
September 11th, 1864.
Dear Parents and Sisters :— *****
* * *You ask me who I should vote for in the coming election ? I would say most unhesitatingly for Abraham Lincoln. Peace will come under his administration, as soon as under the administration of Geo. B. McClellan. Never vote for a man that upholds such measures as are put forth by the Chicago Convention ; for they will only tend to involve our country in ruin, if they be carried out, by such traitors as Vallandigham, Wood and Seymour, and a host of other Copperheads. There is only one safe and sure way to secure a permanent and lasting peace and that is to overthrow the military power of the Rebellion, which I think can be done with the aid of the men that will be brought into the field next month. Then peace will come of itself without the aid of the peace party which, in reality, is only maneuvering to recognize the Southern Confederacy. This would be the end of free Government. Never, never, will the people submit to such a disgrace! I hope not after a four years war with treason to give it up and acknowledge all our sacrifices to be in vain.
I think you people are trying a very bad plan to fill your quota of volunteers. If you intend to buy the men from the market as substitutes, you will put into service a class of men who have no idea of staying any longer than they can have a chance to run away and procure another bounty, and by that you see the army is not recruited and the money thrown away. The course also shows a lack of patriotism—a shrinking from duty, when your country stands in need of men, and good men now to close up this iniquitous war—men who will stand up to their duty in time of need. Don't subscribe one cent to that fund for I think it an insult to the soldiers in the field. I have said enough on the subject of the election and substitutes, to give you my opinion. You can act accordingly, but “don’t give up the ship.”
Herald & Torch Light
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