Southern View of Copperheads


(Liberator, Sept 29, 1865, pg 3)

The Albany Evening Journal reports the son of a distinquished Southern statesman, saying:    “We are loyal — the great mass of us — far more loyal than some of your own people.  You can far better afford to trust us than you can your miserable copperheads.  They are the vilest offscouring of the earth.  Had it not been for them, we should not have been rushed into war.  Yet they have the impudence to come to us, claiming to be our friends, advising us to be stiff necked, and asking us to strike hands with them and form a new alliance.  The vipers!  WE had rather trust the vilest abolitionist that ever howled and hounded us down, than the best of them.”