- Apr 4, 2017
Daily Dispatch (Richmond, Va), March 15, 1865:In all sincerity though can you cite who said this? It's a biblical reference to Revelations but I'm not sure who you have in mind as having said it.
Regardless, my point is that it seems ridiculous to excuse 19th Century slaveholders as being "of their time and place" when their time and place also included individuals who were vocally opposed to slavery and demanded immediate emancipation. Even a small number of Southerners became abolitionists like the Grimke Sisters.
Mr. W. O. Duval said: ‘"I sincerely hope a civil war may soon burst upon the country. I want to see American slavery abolished in my time."’ "When the time arrives for the streets of our cities to run with blood to the horses' bridles, if the writer of this be living, there will be one heart to rejoice at the retributive justice of Heaven." We have not heard whether this amiable gentleman is "living." If he is, like most of his class, he keeps out of the war, and contents himself with "rejoicing at the retributive justice"....