The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919 Page: 179
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Reminiscences of the Terry Rangers
we rightfully owned a part, but simply seceded from disagreeable
company and set up a government of our own and asked only to
be let alone. I doubt if a constitutional lawyer could have been
found at that time who would have said we did not have a right
to secede and I doubt if you can find a constitutional lawyer to-
day who understands the organic law of the government who will
say that we had no right to secede. Then where did this power
lie or come from authorizing Abraham Lincoln to make war on
and devastate the Southern States?
There is another viewpoint that justifies the South in going to
war. Self-preservation is the first law of nature and a people
who would not fight to defend their homes and firesides are not
worthy of freedom or respect. I love the South and her institu-
tions and I went out to help defend them and to help if possible
drive the destroyers from our borders, and old as I am now, if
such a catastrophe should happen again to our beloved land, I
am ready to offer my life, my fortune, and sacred honor in her
It is self-evident from the foregoing writings in these sketches
that if the writer were asked to fix the responsibility of the Civil
War he would say, without hesitation, Abraham Lincoln, his ill
advisors and coadjutors, were responsible for all of the bloodshed,
the deaths, the horrors and devastation of that war. But as an-
other Judge, the Judge of all the earth who will do right, has
jurisdiction over these and all other human affairs, the writer is
willing to leave these and all other things for Him to adjudicate.
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