I am getting to be more and more of an abolitionist. I believe that this accursed institution must go down. We can never have a permanent peace as long . . . as this curse stains our otherwise fair insignia. The ruler of nations can never prosper these United States until it blots slavery from existence. He can no longer wink at such atrocities. This must be the grand the final issue. . . . Thank God the American Soldier is no longer to be used as a slave catcher, no longer to drive helpless women around at the point of the bayonet, and be obliged to obey orders that make him almost ashamed of being an American Soldier.