The South may be trusted

February 1, 1866


A controversial New York Times article attacks the loyalty of southerners and offers statements in support of Virginians made by the Baltimore Transcript.


The Baltimore Transcript in in a well considered editorial, defend the people of Virginia from certain charges made against them by the Richmond correspondent of the New York Times The Transcript shows, in the following extract, a just appreciation of the feelings and motives of the two classes therein described: "The truth is, that the south accepts the situation honestly and in good faith; not heartily, for that is preposterous. No man likes to be beaten, I know people which has made such sacrifices can accept conquest except with a certain consciousness of degradation. No magnanimous foe with think of reproaching them for this. No one acquainted with human nature would regard them as less worthy of confidence for the honest expression of those natural emotions. People who talk plainly,and yet profess themselves ready to submit, can be trusted. Is only the cowardly sneaks who hang around the Federal officers, and profess to have been Union men throughout the struggle, who required to be watched. They doubtless did not fail to pour into the years of the Confederate officers the bitterest denunciations of the old flag and its supporters. soldiers understand such cattle, and despite them. It is unfortunate that civilians do not know them as well"
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