New York Illustrated News 11/25/1861


BEAUFORT AND ABOLITION.

Abolition is at length assuming a practical
form. The flag of the Chicago Platform is
firmly planted on the soil of South Carolina;
and theory and sentiment are blown to the
winds that fill the broad folds of the Stars and
Stripes in defiance of the peculiar institution.
Statesmanship must take the place of senti-
mentality. A stern necessity will supersede
the neophyte in politics, and the dreams of
the philosophizing philanthropist will be re-
duced to form and shape and reality, by the
hard hand of social government, as the systems
of free and compulsory labor, of Liberty and
Slavery confront each other in the waters of
Port Royal, and the hearing of the guns of
Charleston.


The first question that arises, is: “Can the
Chicago Platform be a slaveholder?” Now in
using the term Chicago Platform, we are mak-

INTERIOR OF FORT WALKER, HILTON HEAD, IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE BOMBARDMENT AND ITS EVACUATION. THE FLEET COMING UP TO LAND TROOPS.
Sketched on the Spot by our Special Artist, Accompanying the Expedition. See page 59.


ing use of a rhetorical figure, and we mean the
men who adopted the Chicago Platform as
their Political Creed. Can the Chicago Plat-
form be a slaveholder? Can the Chicago Plat-
form, appropriate as its own, the confiscated
slaves of the rebels? So long as the Chicago
Platform had no more foothold in the Rebel
States, than could be found in the narrow
limits of the lines of Alexandria, the theories
of our friend Knickerbocker, the elocution of
Wendell Phillips, and the sheets of the Indepen-
dent
were almost as powerless, as they were
vehement. But with the harbor of Port
Royal, the Port of Beaufort, and the Islands of
South Carolina in its possession, the Chicago
Platform must cease to theorise and must
act.


On so momentous a question it is the especial
duty of the journalist to note the changes of
public opinion, and the march of progress in
social ideas. And in this instance we have for-
tunately an index and a guage to lead us in
the direction, and to assist in the measure of
the popular will. It is not indeed an open
and avowed promulgation of administrative
intention, and it does not exactly declare the
particular means and manner of operation; and
our readers will judge for themselves the de-
gree of importance that is to be attributed to
the following remarkable address of Colonel
John Cochrane, supported and endorsed by the
opinion of Secretary Cameron.


On the occasion of the presentation of a stand
of colors to his regiment at Washington, Col.
John Cochrane addressed his soldiers; and the
following extract from his speech certainly in-
dicates a little advance in popular sentiment.
The Colonel said:


“Take the slave and bestow him upon the
non-slaveholder if you please. [Great ap-
p'ause.] Do to them as they would do to us.
Raise up a party of interest against the absent
slaveholder, distract their counsels, and if this
should not be sufficient, take the slave by the
hand, place a musket in it, and in God's name
bid him strike for the liberty of the human
race. [Immense applause.] Now, is this
emancipation? Is this Abolitionism?”


Immediately after the speech of Col. Coch-
rane there was a tumultuous demand for the
Secretary of War. Mr. Cameron concluded a
spirit stirring address by saying:


“I approve the doctrines this evening enun-
ciated by Col. Cochrane. [Loud and prolonged
cheering]


Our readers will perceive the immense im-
portance of the measures contemplated by Col.
Cochrane and Secretary Cameron, which indi-
cate that the theory of abolition is likely to as-
sume a practical action in Beaufort.



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