“The Barbarities of War – Push the War to an End Mr. Lincoln”

new york herald

December 11, 1864

Collection: The Civil War
Publication: The New York Herald
Date: December 11, 1864
Title: TheBarbaritiesofWar – Push theWar to an End, Mr. Lincoln,
TheBarbaritiesofWar – Push theWar to an End, Mr. Lincoln,
and Give Us Peace.
We give today from a Georgia rebel journal some accounts of
the alleged atrocities of Shermansoldiers at Milledgeville
and thereabouts. That these outrages are pure rebel inventions
or deliberate exaggerations, for the purpose of inflaming to
desperation the people of Georgia on the line of march still
before Sherman, we cannot doubt. That stragglers from his
advancing columns have slaughtered cows and chickens; that in
some instances, disregarding the special orders of their
commander, they have entered private houses and seized upon
private property, is very likely. That the rebels, even ofthe
comparatively well behaved army of General Lee, have done such
things in Maryland and Pennsylvania, and on a very large scale,
hundreds of quiet people reduced to beggary can testify.
We have had abundant evidence that there have been numerous
acts of lawless violence and retaliation on both sides in the
progress of this war. Taking, however, the worst rebel
accounts on record of “Yankee”brutalities anywhere
perpetrated, or alleged to have been done, they sink into
venial offences in contrast with the hideous catalogue of rebel
brutalities on helpless men, women and children, boastfully
committed among the Unionists of East Tennessee, Kentucky,
Missouri and Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.
Quantrellsurprise of Lawrence, Kansas, and his bloody work
of butchery there; and Forrestmassacre of our black troops
at Fort Pillow after they had surrendered, we cannot class
among the most horrible ofthe crimes committee by rebel
troopers, guerillas and bushwhackers, border ruffians and
highwaymen. Some ofthe fiendish deeds of these white border
savages will compare in atrocity with those ofthe Sepoys of
The intelligent reader will be shocked, but he cannot be
surprised, that such things are among the bitter fruits of this
terrible war. All wars, in modern and ancient times, among
civilized as well as barbarous belligerents, have been marked,
more or less, by barbarous atrocities. War turns loose all the
worst passions and instincts of men; and the baser sort
invariably seize upon its advantages for the indulgence of
their brutal propensities. In this respect civil wars have
ever been marked by the most malignant retaliations. With the
return of peace in view of these things, there will be a
fearful settlement exacted against the contrivers and
originators of this dreadful civil war, on both sides.
The satanical abolitionists ofthe North, who fomented this
war, and the ferocious and bloody-minded fire-eaters ofthe
South, who commenced it, will be held to their terrible
responsibility by the conservative masses ofthe country, North
and South. The abolitionists, pleading the cause of humanity
for the negro, have brought upon him a state of things which
threatens to end only with the destruction of his race. The
fire-eaters, intent upon a Southern confederacy, resting on the
corner stone of negro slavery, have brought upon their section
the horrors of a hostile invasion by numerous armies and a
state of siege, which threaten not only the overthrow of
slavery and their confederacy, but the extirpation of slaves
and slaveholders. Thus fools, rushing in angels fear to
tread,”have brought all the horrors of this dreadful war upon
the land. They will not escape their day of reckoning.
Meantime, in order to put an end to the scenes of lawless
violence and crime attendant….again admonish the
administration of its solemn and paramount duty of pushing on
thewar earnestly and vigorously to a speedy conclusion. Put
down the rebel armies, Mr. President, and give us again the
blessings of peace, before we forget, North and South, what
they are. The men and the means Mr. Lincoln, are at your
command. Stir yourself, put down the rebellion; stop these
groans of dying men, these painful cries of women and children
which come to us on every breeze. Push on and finish this
imperative work ofwar, and give us peace.


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