HOW THE WAR WAS COMMENCED.
It is a favorite game of the Copperheads to charge that the
war in which we are involved was got up by the " Abolition¬
ists." But the subject needs no discussion. These few plain
facts settle it, all of them having taken place under the Admin¬
istration of James Buchanan:
December 10, I860—South Carolina seceded.
January 8, 1S61—Mississippi seceded.
January 16, 1861—Florida seceded.
January 19, 1861—Georgia seceded.
January 31, 1861—Louisiana revolted.
February 1, 1861—Texas revolted.
February 5, 1861—Arkansas revolted.
February 9, 1861—Jefferson Davis was inaugurated Pres¬
ident of the Southern Confedera
Now, who £ot up the rebellion? Under which king?
AN" APPEAL TO THE DOCUMENTS.
There was a time when few persons in the North held, or
expressed any other opinion, than that the secessionists were
wholly to blame for the war that is upon the country. It was
almost universally acknowledged, even by the enemies of the
Administration, that the Avar on the part of the United States
Government, was simply one of self-defence and absolutely un¬
avoidable. The Cincinnati Enquirer, after the bombardment
of Fort Sumter, said " the onus of the fault rests with the
rebels," and could not be shaken from them. It afterward, in
stirring language, denounced suggestions of conciliation and
compromise as untimely and imbecile, and told its readers that
in the work of restoration of the Union, they must " rely
wholly upon the sword,"—that tufts of grass had failed, and
now the time had come to try stones. "We have repeatedly re-