A Confederate View of the Second Inaugural

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Civil War as Crusade

 

John B. Jones was a clerk in the War Department of the Confederacy.  During the Civil War he kept a diary which gave his take on the events of the War day by day.  His entry for March 8 is interesting:

 

 

President Lincoln’s short inaugural message, or homily, or sermon, has been received. It is filled with texts from the Bible. He says both sides pray to the same God for aid—one upholding and the other destroying African slavery. If slavery be an offense,—and woe shall fall upon those by whom offenses come,—perhaps not only all the slaves will be lost, but all the accumulated products of their labor be swept away. In short, he “quotes Scripture for the deed” quite as fluently as our President; and since both Presidents resort to religious justification, it may be feared the war is about to assume a more sanguinary aspect and a more cruel nature than ever before. God help us! The history of man, even in the Bible, is but a series of bloody wars. It must be thus to make us appreciate the blessings of peace, and to bow in humble adoration of the great Father of all. The Garden of Eden could not yield contentment to man, nor heaven satisfy all the angels.

 

The Civil War as religious crusade, a war now without limits.  It is perhaps very fortunate that the War had not much longer to go at this point.

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3 Comments

  1. He says both sides pray to the same God for aid—one upholding and the other destroying African slavery. If slavery be an offense,—and woe shall fall upon those by whom offenses come,—perhaps not only all the slaves will be lost, but all the accumulated products of their labor be swept away.”
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    Nylon, polyester, rayon have replaced King Cotton. The slaves as freed men are not lost but slaves no more.

  2. “The Garden of Eden could not yield contentment to man, nor heaven satisfy all the angels.”
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    This man is seriously lost. The Garden of Eden was not created to endow the human being with infinity as God. Heaven satisfies the angels who chose to serve God in the capacity of their person as angels. Lucifer is still trying to be God. HMMM makes one wonder about spending an eternity being jealous.
    Perhaps, The Civil War brought Truth to the South.

  3. “The Garden of Eden could not yield contentment to man, nor heaven satisfy all the angels.”
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    This man is seriously lost.
    Mary De Voe

    I strongly disagree.
     
    I believe he is making a comment about free will and its misuse.

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