“God Be Thanked the Nation and Humanity Were Saved”

Sean A. Scott

in A Visitation of God

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780195395990
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199866557 | DOI:
“God Be Thanked the Nation and Humanity Were Saved”

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By the middle of 1864, war weariness was causing many religious civilians to lose patience with northern Copperheads and southern Rebels. Calls for vengeance and retribution against traitors echoed throughout the North, even among believers commanded to forgive their enemies. The election of 1864 was a bellwether that would signify whether or not the war would be prosecuted to the very end and slavery destroyed. Although prospects for Lincoln's reelection looked bleak in early August, battlefield victories turned the tide in his favor. In his Second Inaugural, the president spoke of the inscrutability of God's sovereignty, an outlook that contradicted the dominant view espoused by most northern ministers and laity. With Lee's surrender, religious Northerners were confident that God had willed the preservation of the Union.

Keywords: Copperheads; election of 1864; slavery; race relations; Lincoln; Second Inaugural

Chapter.  14486 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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