—The New York Times publishes an editorial against the Governor of Kentucky, James F. Robinson, who came out with a public statement against Emancipation Proclamatio. The Times wonders how Kentucky can oppose Emancipation and yet still consider itself a loyal state:
Kentucky is every whit as loyal as either of the other two States. It has had more men in active military service for the Union than either of them — no less than forty-one regiments; and no National troops have fought with greater gallantry, as Shiloh and Donelson and Murfreesboro can well testify. The Kentucky Generals Anderson, Rousseau, Crittenden, Nelson, Boyle and others have done deeds for the old flag that will ever live in history. . . .
The extinction of Slavery in Kentucky is simply a question of manner and time. Could the discussion once be fairly started among the people of the State, we are confident that the decision would be, as in Missouri and Maryland, that the compensating scheme of the President is the right manner, and now the appropriate time. But if the State chooses to shirk the subject, until her slaves become a profitless burden, without marketable value, she certainly should be allowed the privilege, without molestation. Of course if she resists until then, she will not expect help from the Government. . . .
—Charles Lockhart Pettigrew of North Carolina, has traveled too Winston to check on his plantation, where he finds much amiss. Most of the plantations in the area are suffering from the shortage of food crops, the devaluation of currency, and the blockade’s effect on the cotton trade:
—Julia LeGrand of New Orleans responds to Gen. Nathaniel Banks (now the U.S. commandant of occupied New Orleans) and his new order regulating the way that the local citizens must treat Union soldiers:
—Sergeant Alexander P. Downing, of the 11th Iowa Infantry Regiment, writes in his journal of the miseries of a soldier on bivouac in the winter: