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April 12 1865 - Shout the Glad Tidings

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Shout the Glad Tidings

The glad tidings of victory which we publish to-day are too glorious to be fully realized. The hosts of treason have been utterly discomfited and the eagles of victory perch proudly on the banners of the republic. The heavens are radiant with the light of joy and the land is vocal with the songs of millions of exulting freemen who hail the triumphant deliverance of the nation, purged and purified in the waters of tribulation, through which it has passed. The night has passed away, and the morning, the new morning of the republic, the day of its freedom and its true unity dawns brightly upon us. The hand of an overruling Providence has guided the nation through the years of war, and led us to the realization of the grandest schemes of national advancement that ever claimed the attention and study of mankind. Had finite judgment and wisdom controlled the course of the struggle we would have closed it in thirty days. When the war commenced and the blood of the people quickened in their veins as the great heart of the nation throbbed and trembled with indignant wrath when Sumter fell, the North would have crushed the rebellion in a month. The thousands who sprang to arms under the three months call for troops thought that they could march from the blue waters of the Potomac to the volumed current of the Mississippi, sweeping the southern militia from their path like foam before the waves. We thought and hoped so, but God willed otherwise. If we had won victory at Bull Run we would have made a peace with the South, with slavery protected by the Constitution with increased power.—

But reverse met our armies, and the first issue of the war was one of disaster and defeat to the North. If we had made peace after Vicksburg and Gettysburg, slavery would have been incorporated in the Constitution, and the great question would have been settled forever, leaving the American nation founded upon a System of bondage, oppression and crime.-

But heaven willed otherwise, and the days of victory passed by without the accomplishment of peace, as the days of Victory prolonged the war. The struggle went on until the people were educated to see the real bearing of the issue, and the nation determined that slavery should die. From that hour we conquered.—

The proclamation of the President defined the conflict to be a war between freedom and slavery. Abraham Lincoln said the nation should be a land of freedom, and a home of freemen. Alexander Stephens said the Confederacy should endure as a government founded on a corner-stone of slavery. The battle was between slavery and liberty and slavery fell. To-day we are a free nation, liberated by the will and providence of heaven. Our day of suffering and sorrow is ended, and the songs of our rejoicing are echoing through the vales and over the mountains of the land.—

We are indebted to the God of Battles for the triumph and to Him should the glory be given. “Therefore, ring, O, heaven-praising bells !— Thunder, O thanksgiving guns. Clang, O broken fetters! joining your sweet jangle to the peals of joy ! Bloom, tardy buds of spring! make haste to strew yourselves under the advancing feet of liberty and peace ! Rejoice, ye unforgotten slain! for your blood, outpoured, is unwasted. O majestic and undivided nation !—imperilled, delivered, victorious!— sing unto the Lord a new song! “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting; and let all the people say, Amen!”


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Washington County Free Library

Hagerstown (Md.), Newspapers; Maryland, History, Civil War, 1861-1865

Washington County (Md.), 1861-1865

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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