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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 12

Some Social Results of the American War

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Some Social Results of the American War.

Of these we can quote only a few specimens, but enough to show what a stream of domestic and social evils it is continually pouring over the land. How little did the authors of this great crime know what they were doing when they unsheathed the sword of war?

A Lady's Experience.—She came in a car from S. Carolina. Although young, she has grown grey during the last six months, in consequence of the constant terror in which she had lived. She says that all the men have been obliged to leave their homes and plantations for the military service, and the women and children have been left defenceless. She had herself learned to shoot with gun and pistols for the sake of self-defence, although formerely dreading the mere sight of fire-arms. The negroes show a most discontented disposition, and when ordered to do work, do it with sullen, reluctant manner, and with scowling looks that alarm those around them. There had been seven attempted insurrections of negroes in her vicinity, and there were constant apprehensions of a more formidable one that could not be surpressed without terrible scenes. Although her interests and property are at the South, she considers herself fortunate in getting to Washington, and having over her the protection of the Stars and Stripes.

The greatest event in America the last month was the noble, touching, and magnanimous speech of President Johnson, to a large number of influential men representing nine of the Southern States. Many of his words were more beautiful and valuable than "apple of gold in pictures of silver." They must make a profound impression on the people of the South.

Families Rent.—Union men, says one writing from Port Scott, Arkansas, are fleeing from their houses in Missouri and Kansas by hundreds. Many families, and multitudes of men, have left their families behind, and fled for their lives. The state of things in Missouri is as bad as can be imagined. The one question is, is he a Union man or a Secessionist? Fathers are divided against their sons, and children against their parents; mothers are turning their daughters out of doors for being Unionists, and husbands are leaving their wives; the most bitter feuds and animosities exist in many instances between members of the same family. A gentleman told me of one family in Jackson Co. where there were four sons—two of them joined the Secession army, and two the Union forces, to fight against each other. Another, that a young lady had fled to his house for shelter, driven from home by her mother for being in favor of the Government. Also, that he knew of many husbands and wives separated for the same cause. He spoke of the utter impossibility of any man living with a Secession woman, so bitter is the feeling.