Indignant Copperhead in the crowd—"I think I could."
General Logan—But you couldn't do it now. [Laughter.]
But when I find the leaders of the party I acted with betraying
the trust the people reposed in them, when I findthem repudi¬
ating the doctrine of Jackson, who was for hanging traitors to
the highest tree he could find, and for preserving the Union at
all hazards, either with blood or without it; when I find them
leaving behind them all the doctrines of the Democratic party,
renouncing their allegiance to their God, their country and onf
flag, I am not compelled to follow you any further, I cannot go
with you into the precincts of treason and disloyalty.
Mr. Lincoln stands, I say, upon the true Union platform, and,
therefore, I am for him.
I believe he has endeavored to sustain the Government hon¬
estly and faithfully. Although he may not have acted just to
suit my views in some particulars, that shall make no difference.
Andrew Johnson I believe to be equally honest and faithful.
I have but one choice to make between the Constitution, the
Union and its heroes, on one side, and their defamers, on the
other; I will act with no party who is not for my country, and
must refuse my support to the nominees of the Chicago Con¬
A Soldier on the Chicago Platform.
Citt Point, September 6, 1864.
'When I first read the platform of the Chicago Convention I
felt as if I could whip every enemy the country had, and if I
had been put in action the next minute I doubt very much if
I would have shown a particle of quarter whatever.
Only to think of a cowardly set of villians and traitors gather¬
ing together and making proposals of peace with a gang of out¬
laws, when any man of common sense and courage (which I sup¬
pose this convention never heard of) can see that they are about
giving up the contest; knowing themselves that they are beaten
as badly as any people ever was in the whole world. I don't
believe there is a soldier in the army willing to abide by a ces¬
sation of hostilities, unless it may be a few bounty jumpers, and
I don't call them friends to the cause, nor even men, much less
soldiers. If I had my way, Jeff. Davis would have to call for
peace twice, at least, before I would listen to him, and then I
would answer, "Peace and pardon to all except Jeff. Davis, and
hemp for him and for all others who are found bearing arms
against the Government ten days after the issue of the pro¬
clamation." Q. J\