Judge George Robertson

Kentucky – Judge George Robertson

Louisville, October 3, 1863

This article appeared in the

Daily National Intelligencer

1863-10-16

 

Honorable George Robertson, of Lexington, through today’s Journal, begins an address to his fellow-citizens of the United States as follows:

 

A native Kentuckian, retired for more than the last decade from the arena of political strife, presumes to address you on a subject more interesting than any other temporal concern to us and our posterity.  Six years ago I ventured to make a similar address to my countrymen, through the National Intelligencer, vindicating the policy and validity of the Missouri compromise, and warning them of the probable consequences of its repeal by Congress in 1854.  These consequences have already followed, and now strike every patriot with trembling concern and this is my present theme.

In three consecutive numbers I will candidly, but affectionately, by a few of the facts and arguments which might be adduced, endeavor to show – first, that secession by the revolting states is unconstitutional and void, and that the war waged to sustain it is unjust and revolutionary; second, that the causes  rendered for secession and war are altogether insufficient to justify or excuse it;  third, that vigorous war is the only means of honorable and securing peace, and simple submission to the Constitution the only proper mode of reviving the Union.

 

His first number closes thus:

 

Kentucky, for more than half a century, has been a devoted champion of the true principles of Union.  Under every trial, in peace and in war, she has stood by ‘The Star Spangled Banner,’ and illustrated its glory by distinguished names and self sacrificing devotion.  Disregarding as subordinates all kindred ties and social sympathies, she now, with unsurpassed zeal and unanimity, still stands by the same old flag and pours out her blood to save it.  And there she will stand as long and as faithfully as any other state.  The first offspring of the Union, she is pledged to be the last to desert her mother.  And, come what may, she will, I trust, never prove faithless to the fraternal motto inscribed on her own escutcheon –

 UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL.

 

General Rosecrans is being heavily reinforced.  His eventual overthrow of all opposing hosts is confidently anticipated.  No doubt is entertained by Union Kentuckians of the final success of the United States Government everywhere.  Their confidence in the ultimate triumph of the United States of America over all enemies, at home and abroad, will remain unshaken.  They firmly believe that a permanent division of the territory, or the people of this country, is impossible.

Final note:

Hind sight shows us that Grandfather Robertson's confidence in General Rosecrans and the Union's ability to squelch the South's determination to Secede from the Union was stronger than he anticipated.  The fact that he lived among the Buford's and many other families in Kentucky who stayed loyal (until death in some cases) to the South did not change his belief that America could not possibly go so deep into a Civil was that would not only divide Kentucky but entire families.  The Buford family had as many Confederate soldiers as they had Union.  Many Generals were made on either side

 

Judge George Robertson is my ggggGrandfather.

Father of my

gggGrandmother Margaret Robertson Buford

 

An extensive  biography and life history of Judge Robertson and his family is chronicled in my Buford Families of America book published in 2006.

 

Judge George Robertson was an ‘Honorable’ man.

He served in the United States House of Representatives

 from Kentucky for many years.

He was a loyal follower of the United states Constitution.

 

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