Civil War editorials

April 29, 2013
Editorials

The Richmond Enquirer

MAY 7, 1983 — Our victory on the Rappahannock has cost us dear in the severe wounds unfortunately received by the great and good Gen. JACKSON. His left arm has been amputated above the elbow, a bullet has passed through his right hand. His condition is now, we learn, as favorable as could possibly be expected; and he will doubtless recover, and is not, we trust, lost to active service. We could better spare a brigade or a division.

Our base foe will exult in the disaster to JACKSON; yet the accursed bullet that brought him down was never moulded by a Yankee. Through a cruel mistake, in the confusion the hero received two balls from some of his own men, who would all have died for him.

The Press of Philadelphia

JULY 3, 1863 — We have glorious news this morning. The rebel invader has been interrupted in his brief and haughty saturnalia, and compelled to accept battle from the Army of the Potomac. As we supposed, yesterday, from the information we had received, General Meade, acting with swift energy, has thrown his columns against the army of Lee. Near the town of Gettysburg, in Southern Pennsylvania, the rebels were encountered, and a fierce battle ensued. The corps of General [John] Reynolds [who was killed at Gettysburg] was hurled against Longstreet and Hill, and the contest became fierce, persistent, and bloody. Our troops fought with unexampled bravery, and, although we could have spared a thousand of armed men with less danger to the cause than the gifted and gallant Reynolds, we accept the battle as a glorious event. . . .

Today will probably see the final struggle. God speed the right! The skies look brighter, and it may be that we shall celebrate our Fourth of July with the defeat of Bragg, the fall of Vicksburg, the capture of Richmond, and the annihilation of Lee.

The Richmond Daily Dispatch

JUNE 5, 1863 — . . . We do not predict that this will be a short war; we see no signs of its termination so long as the demagogues and speculators control the Yankee Government. But we simply desire the Yankees to understand that when they talk in a magnificent way of waging this war for fifty years, and when an unguarded admission falls from some individual in the South that such may be their honest purpose, ninety-nine out of every hundred of our people regard with equal incredulity and contempt their idle vaporings, and are making up their minds to accept, with fortitude and resignation, war as their natural condition for the remainder of their earthly existence. If the Yankees are willing to fight fifty years to subjugate the South, the South is more than willing to fight a hundred rather than be subjugated . . .

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