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1865 July 29: The London Times “acknowledges the magnitude of our victory”

July 29, 2015

Once again we have only one newspaper for the week, no issue of The Prescott Journal being available on the microfilm for July 29, 1865.

The following article comes from the July 29, 1865, issue of The Polk County Press.  Civil War-related news is getting more and more scarce as we get further away from the end of the war.

A NEW BIRTH.—The London Times which consistently sneered at and derided us while the issue of the issue of [sic] the struggle was doubtful, now, that we have conquered, frankly acknowledges the magnitude of our victory, and gives us credit for having achieved one of the most siglal [sic: signal] triumphs in history.  In a recent article it confesses that our nation has successfully passed through a decisive crisis in its history—that, in fact, it has experienced a new birth, quite as important and far more brilliant than that of the first Revolution.  Hear it :

The subjection of the South is as much a fait acompli as the Declaration of Independence itself, and a new chapter has thereby been opened in the history of the United States.  Henceforward other battles, sieges and capitulations will take the place of Bunker’s Hill, Saratoga and Yorktown. Cornwallis and Burgoyne will be dwrafed [sic] by Johnson [sic: Johnston] and Lee, and it will not surprise us if Lincoln occupies a pedestal of equal height with that of Washington.  If the importance of occurances [sic] be determined by their scale, the war of independence hardly admits of comparison with that which was just terminated.  The forces collected on either side, the distanced [sic: distances] traversed, the lists of killed and wounded, and the ruin wrought in the former are nothing by the side of the records of the late civil war.

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