A Copperhead on the War.
Published: July 3, 1864
Col. T.H. SEYMOUR, of Connecticut, in a letter to the Kentucky Democratic Convention, expressed his views as follows:
"It is owing, then, to a departure from correct principles that we have got this war upon us -- a war that might and ought to have been avoided. And it should have been avoided by throwing the heresy of coercion to the winds, and submitting for brute force the wise and humane policy of conciliation, on the basis of equal and exact justice -- 'to all their rights.' The latter course would have saved our free institutions, and no doubt saved the Union; the former, only powerful for evil, finds its main satisfaction in presenting us with daily spectacles of slaughtered countrymen, whose lives have been uselessly sacrificed.
That these principles may have their influence with the Chicago Convention, where you are expecting to be represented, I would fondly hope. A great responsibility will devolve on the delegates to the National Convention -- no less than that of attempting to save a Republic, which 'blind passion' and hatred of sections are fast consigning to the tomb of dead commonwealths.
Firmly persuaded that our only hope for the future of our country is in the inauguration of peaceful councils. I commend your ninth and last resolution to every true friend of his country, as presenting the 'only means of saving our nation from unlimited calamity and ruin.'"