“If I were a Southerner, as I am a Northerner, while a foreign troop was landed in my country, I would never lay down my arms – never, never, NEVER!”

A faded photograph of Marcellus Emery appeared in the Aug. 12, 1931 edition of the Bangor Daily News to illustrate a memoir about the 1861 sacking of Emery’s newspaper office.Free North Carolina

Freedom of the press went flying in Bangor in August 1861

Though abolitionists found much of their strength in New England, Democrats in that region sided with the South in its determination of be free of the North. After this editorial of the Bangor Democrat appeared, a pro-Lincoln mob burned the news offices and printing presses. The editorial was re-printed in the New York Evening Day-Book of 18 April 1861.  

Bernhard Thuersam, Chairman

North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission

“Unsurpassed Valor, Courage and Devotion to Liberty”


“The Official Website of the North Carolina WBTS Sesquicentennial”

Defense of the Same Sacred Principles of Liberty

“Throughout the broad land of the fair South, the rising sun is no longer welcomed with the cheerful song of the husbandman wending his way to the toil of his peaceful field, but is greeted with the drum-beat that summons to arms the gathering hosts of war.  From Carolina to the Rio Grande all is hasty preparation for a fearful conflict of arms.

There, to-day, are no peaceful, happy and quiet homes, for the invader is on their soil, and the government which was created to protect and defend them, has ruthlessly turned its guns against their altars and firesides.

Gray-headed fathers, stout-hearted husbands, and fair-cheeked youths, are taking a tearful adieu of their wives, their children, their mothers and their sisters, and buckling on their armor, and hastening away to the battle-fields from which many, many may never return to gladden their homes again.

This, reader, is no fanciful picture; it is a stern reality.  To-morrow, in thousands of homes, wives, mothers, daughters, and little children will gather in mournful silence around the family board no longer cheered by the presence of their natural guardians and protectors.

Why is all this?

It is because that old Tory party, which under a multitude of names and disguises, first resisted the independence of America, and after its Government had become an established fact, has been unceasing in its efforts to get possession of it, and after having gained possession of it, by hypocritically assuming the garb of freedom, it has undertaken to convert the Government into an instrument of tyranny, and to use all its powers to overturn the very bulwarks of liberty itself – the Sovereignty of the States.

Yes, Abraham Lincoln, a Tory from his birth, is putting forth all the powers of government to crush out the spirit of American liberty.  Surrounded by gleaming bayonets at Washington, he sends forth fleets and armies to overawe and subdue the gallant little State which was the first to raise its voice and arm against British oppression.

DEMOCRATS OF MAINE!  The loyal sons of the South have gathered around Charleston as your fathers of old gathered about Boston, in defense of the same sacred principles of liberty – principles which you have ever upheld and defended with your vote, your voice and your strong right arm. Your sympathies are with the defenders of the truth and the right. Those who have inaugurated this unholy and unjustifiable war are no friend of yours – no friends of Democratic Liberty.  Will you aid them in their work of subjugation and tyranny?

When the Government at Washington calls for volunteers or recruits to carry on their work of subjugation and tyranny under the specious phrases of “enforcing the laws,” “retaking and protecting the public property,” and “collecting the revenue,” let every Democrat fold his arms and bid the minions of Tory despotism [to] do a Tory despot’s work.  Say to them fearlessly and boldly in the language of England’s great Lord, the Earl of Chatham, whose bold words in behalf of the struggling Colonies of America in the dark hours of the revolution, have enshrined his name in the heart of every friend of freedom, and immortalized his fame wherever the name of liberty is known – say in his thrilling language:

“If I were a Southerner, as I am a Northerner, while a foreign troop was landed in my country, I would never lay down my arms – never, never, NEVER!”

(Abraham Lincoln: A Press Portrait, Herbert Mitgang, editor, UGA Press, 1989, pp. 256-257)


7 thoughts on ““If I were a Southerner, as I am a Northerner, while a foreign troop was landed in my country, I would never lay down my arms – never, never, NEVER!”

  1. The Confederate States of America were never surrendered. General Lee did not have the authority to surrender the Confederacy. He only had the authority to surrender his troops. Therefore, the South is still an occupied country. All of the ratified Amendments that were signed after the illegal surrender were adopted by Northern Generals that were placed in power in the South because the representatives holding those positions would not sign them.
    The invasion of the Confederate States was not about slavery. It was about control. More states wanted to leave the Union and join the Confederacy and Lincoln, et al could not allow that to happen. Lincoln was becoming a dictator. He was not the great man that the victors have written about.

    1. I think you are correct Bulldog – in fact, I think Lee made a very specific point at Appomattox that he was surrendering [only] “the Army of Northern Virginia” – further, the 14th ammendment [a biggie in 1868], I believe was voted on and “ratified” by only the Northern States – because all of the “Southern States” [except; Tenn re-accepted 1866] were “occupied military districts” (therefore non-States)
      And my personal opinion of the latest movie “Lincoln” [w/ Sally Fields, etc], is: it is a factual farse.

      1. Remember now STFB that, to the victors, bequeaths history’s story. How do you think history would document the holohoax if Hitler succeeded?

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