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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

January 26, 1865

Newspaper Item Suggested War Loss Divine Retribution

The editor of The Christian Index, then published in Macon, published a piece in which he suggested the Confederacy’s losses might be divine retribution for the abuses of slavery, but he was not ready to admit that slavery itself was wrong.

“While God has punished us terribly for our wickedness, and for the abuse of the institution which He has committed to us, we do not believe that He purposes … the destruction of that institution.”

Source: Philip D. Dillard, “The Confederate Debate Over Arming Slaves: Views from Macon and Augusta Newspapers,” 79 Georgia Historical Quarterly (Spring 1995), p. 131.