1863 June 6: The War and the President
The following editorial-sounding piece is from the June 6, 1863, issue of The Prescott Journal. It does not occupy the spot where the Journal usually puts its own editorials, and it is not credited to another newspaper. Compare its depiction of President Abraham Lincoln with that in the following small article about Clement C. Vallandigham, who has been sent to the Confederacy for treasonous actions.
The War and the President.
This war is a war to save the nation. It is a war not only for ourselves but for our children to the latest generation. It involves interests of almost infinite magnitude. The men in power at Washington are but dust in the balance when weighed against the destinies at stake. To whatever side they may shift, it is nothing in its bearings upon the obligations of the war. If the President usurps, impeach him, as the Constitution provides, by the House of Representatives, and try him by the Senate. If you do not choose to do that, then bear with him for the twenty-one months he will remain in office, or seek to change his conduct by arraying against him the force of public opinion. Take any of those parts that you please, if you think if you think [sic] the President wrong. But if you are a sane man, don’t be guilty of the madness, if you are a loyal man don’t be guity [sic] of the faithlessness of saying that if this creature of a day does this, or fails to do that, the rebellion should have its way and the nation go down.—You might as well say that if the priest at the altar does not rightly preform [sic] his duties, the Ark of the Covenant shall be broken; and if the ministers of the Church go astray, religion itself shall be adjoured [sic].
There was, in the whole, no demonstration ; but everywhere, as he passed, those who had heard of his coming, greeted him kindly, and with silent tokens of sympathy and respect.
Mr. Vallindigham looks cheerful, and seems to breath easy on escaping from the Lincoln despotism. He very properly desires to avoid public demonstration, and only asks that he may find a quiet refuge in our midst, until such time as the voice of his people, relieved from despotic government, shall call him again to their midst.