The Crisis and Its Responsibilities––The Union or the Destruction of Our Country.
Manifestly Jeff. Davis and his Confederates fully appreciate the dangers of a Northern invasion among the densely populated slave districts of the cotton States. The danger has been disclosed in the stampede of the slaves from Norfolk and that neighborhood to the camp of General Butler. Hence our belief that if Davis and his secession cohorts are driven from Virginia there will be an end to this rebellion; for they will surely find that they are paying too dearly for their whistle of a Southern confederacy, in a war which is risking the total loss or demoralization of their twenty-five hundred millions of dollars invested in slaves. We are therefore in favor of and hope for a decisive Napoleonic campaign in Virginia, in order to save the Union, to save the North and the South, and also to save England from the sweeping consequences of a lingering contest, which may invite her to a fatal interference for the sake of her cotton.
[Editor's Note: The majority of this article has been omitted from our transcription except for the portions directly mentioning the term "slave stampedes" or some variant.]
"The Crisis and Its Responsibilities," New York (NY) Herald, June 7, 1861, p. 4.