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In Their Own Words

January 26, 1865

Christian Index Editorial on Southern Losses

In this day’s issue of the Christian Index, published in Macon, editor Samuel Boykin responded to the Jan. 15 Confederate surrender of Fort Fisher on North Carolina’s coast, with editorial comment suggesting that southern losses may be a divine response not to the institution of slavery but rather to abuses of slavery (such as not recognizing slave marriages):

“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.