Camp-Fire and Cotton-Field eBook

Thomas W. Knox
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XXII.  Successful industry is especially necessary at the present time, when large public debts and onerous taxes are imposed to maintain and protect the liberties of the people and the integrity of the Union.  All officers, civil or military, and all classes of citizens who assist in extending the profits of labor, and increasing the product of the soil upon which, in the end, all national prosperity and power depends, will render to the Government a service as great as that derived from the terrible sacrifices of battle.  It is upon such consideration only that the planter is entitled to favor.  The Government has accorded to him, in a period of anarchy, a release from the disorders resulting mainly from insensate and mad resistance to sensible reforms, which can never be rejected without revolution, and the criminal surrender of his interests and power to crazy politicians, who thought by metaphysical abstractions to circumvent the laws of God.  It has restored to him in improved, rather than impaired condition, his due privileges, at a moment when, by his own acts, the very soil was washed from beneath his feet.

XXIII.  A more majestic and wise clemency human history does not exhibit.  The liberal and just conditions that attend it cannot be disregarded.  It protects labor by enforcing the performance of its duty, and it will assist capital by compelling just contributions to the demands of the Government.  Those who profess allegiance to other Governments will be required, as the condition of residence in this State, to acquiesce, without reservation, in the demands presented by Government as a basis of permanent peace.  The non-cultivation of the soil, without just reason, will be followed by temporary forfeiture to those who will secure its improvement.  Those who have exercised or are entitled to the rights of citizens of the United States, will be required to participate in the measures necessary for the re-establishment of civil government.  War can never cease except as civil governments crush out contest, and secure the supremacy of moral over physical power.  The yellow harvest must wave over the crimson field of blood, and the representatives of the people displace the agents of purely military power.

XXIV.  The amnesty offered for the past is conditioned upon an unreserved loyalty for the future, and this condition will be enforced with an iron hand.  Whoever is indifferent or hostile, must choose between the liberty which foreign lands afford, the poverty of the Rebel States, and the innumerable and inappreciable blessings which our Government confers upon its people.

May God preserve the Union of the States!

By order of Major-General Banks.

Assistant Adjutant-General.

The two documents have little similarity.  Both are appropriate to the systems they are intended to regulate.  It is interesting to compare their merits at the present time.  It will be doubly interesting to make a similar comparison twenty years hence.

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