Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Secondary Scholarship | 2000
Transcription philanthropists; the blackest-hearted hypocrites, they are religious
fanatics. They are agitators and schemers, braggarts and deceivers,
swindlers and extortioners, and yet pretend to Godliness, truth, purity
and humanity. The shibboleth of their faith is, "The union must and
shall be preserved," and they hold on to this with all the obstinacy
peculiar to their nature. They say we are all benighted people, and are
trying to pull down that which God himself built up.
Many of these bigots express great astonishment at finding the
majority of our men could read and write; they have actually been
educated to regard the Southern people as grossly illiterate, and little
better than savages. The whole nation lives, breathes and prospers in
delusions; and their chiefs control the spring of the social and political
machine with masterly hands.
I could but conclude that the Northern people were bent upon
the destruction of the South. All appeared to deprecate war, but were
unwilling to listen to a separation of the old union. They justified the
acts of usurpation on the part of the government, and seem submissive
to the tyranny of its acts on the plea of military necessity; they say that
the union is better than the Constitution, and bow their necks to the
yoke in the hope of success against us. A great many, I believe, act
from honest and conscientious principles; many from fear and favor;
but the large majority entertained a deep-seated hatred, envy and
jealousy towards the Southern people and their institutions.
They know (yet they pretend not to believe it) that Southern
men and women are their superiors in everything relating to bravery,
honesty, virtue and refinement, and they have become more convinced
of this since the present war; consequently, their worst passions have
become aroused, and they give way to frenzy and fanaticism.
We must not deceive ourselves; they are bent upon
destruction, and differ mainly in the means of accomplishing this end.
However, much as sections and parties that hate each other, yet, as a
whole, they hate us more.
They are so entirely incongruous to our people that they and
their descendants will ever be our natural enemies.18






18 Published in The Bugle Call of Smyrna, Georgia in 1864 and widely reprinted


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