From these views true Union men have never departed.
But the same love of the Union that induced them to oppose
danger from this source, led them equally to oppose danger to
the Union from nullification, secession, and every other uncon¬
stitutional and disloyal" ultraism of the South. Their con¬
sistency has not been bounded by any sectional limit. Their
eyes have been fixed on the broad flag of the nation, and the
first hand raised to strike it down, North or South, has been
to them the hand of an enemy. Death to treason, come
whence it may, is their war-cry !
What, on the other hand, has been the course of the so-
called peace party men ? Have they, at all times, held an
even hand against the disturbers of their country's peace ?
Have they looked with abhorrence at the parricidal course ot
those men who have severed the Union, and dashed its flag to
the earth. Let them answer before God and their country.
Especially let them bring no charge against those who have
been everywhere, and at all times, for the Union, and who
now stand banded together, with all true friends of the coun¬
try, to put down a godless rebellion !
I trust the bitterness of party feeling on this subject is be¬
ginning to give way, and that justice, patriotism, and love of
the Union, will ere long be in the ascendant, so that, before
another birthday of the Union shall come round, all parties
will see that the only way of safety is to inscribe on their flag,
—Uncompromising opposition to the rebellion and to its cause.
If this be so, it will be comparatively immaterial which party
triumphs, provided the country triumphs. There is a fearful
responsibility resting upon us in this respect, as it is an un¬
doubted fact that with a united North, rebellion wcndd at
once cease. Disunion here now is its only reliance.
APPEAL TO THE SOUTH.
May we not hope, also that our brethren of the South may
yet see, from their own point of view and their own experi¬
ence, though late, the ruin they have brought on themselves
and the country, and hasten to retrace their steps. Their in-