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1862 November 5: Has the Lincoln Administration Been a Failure

November 5, 2012

There is not much war news in the November 5, 1862, issue of The Prescott Journal; it is mostly election returns, plus an entire page is devoted to printing the new Wisconsin laws.  The following article, which appeared on the front page, asks the question, has the Administration of President Lincoln—and by extension the war—been a failure?

Not a Failure.

The New York Evening Post has an article in answer to the question, “Has the Administration been a failure?” in which it recounts the victories of the year, to prove the negative answer to the question to be the true one.  It winds up the encouraging view as follows:

“Sharpsburg, Antietam, Iuka and Corinth have already made a brilliant record for the first months of autumn.—The nation is animated with the feeling that it has re-entered on the career of success, and never was in fuller vigor or higher hope than at this hour.

The credit of the country is unimpaired, its finances well organized and exhaustless.  The loyalty of Maryland is assured; that of Missouri and Kentucky rapidly tending to the same condition.  New Orleans, having enjoyed for six months the benificent [sic] sway of the Federal Government, is fast subsiding into contentment and loyalty.  The Mississippi, the Potomac, and almost the entire Atlantic seaboard, are in our possession.  After eighteen months of war, the Government has at command the most magnificent army and navy ever on foot or afloat.

“‘The Administration has not been a failure.’  It has been a grand, a brilliant success.  History will so account it.  We challenge the annals of the past to furnish an example of equal achievement in the same time and under the same stupendous difficulties.  The American people are proving that they so regard it by the generous and enthusiastic loyalty with which they are putting their treasure and blood at its disposal.  And it remains only for the President to push forward the armies at once upon the enemy’s works; to give rein to the enterprise, the skill, the daring and the patriotic determination which has been developed and trained during the past year of war, to speedily make an end of the gigantic iniquity; and the name of Abraham Lincoln will stand on the future annals of his country illustrated by a renown as pure and undying as that of George Washington.”

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