Some very curious facts are elicited by an analysis of the recent report of the adjutant general. Not only are the democratic counties as a general thing in advance of their quotas, but the enrollment is greater in proportion to the population, than those of the abolition persuasion. Take the two counties of Monroe and Mercer, for instance, and this disparity will at once be seen. In Monroe, whose population is 12,800, there are 2,122 enrolled in the first class, while in the abolition county of Mercer, with a population of over 15,000 but 1,349 appear on the enrollment lists. For another example, we will take Boone, whose population is 11,670, and enrollment only 1,049; while Christian, with a population of 10,475, enrolls 1,562. Instances of this kind might be repeated, but it is sufficient to observe that such is the case, as a general rule. But 619 persons have gone to the war from Boone, although it has the honor of being the home of our really efficient and hard working adjutant general, while Christian, with less population, sends 764. There is something curious about the assignment of quotas in these two counties. In Boone, the quotas for 1861 and 1862 were, as they should be, greater than those of Christian, but the quota for 1863 is so much greater in Christian, that the total number is required from this county of 10,000 population, is more than that required from Boon, with its 11,600.
In the intensely "copperhead" counties, such as Williamson, Union, Alexander, Franklin, Perry, Marion, Richland and others in Egypt, where it was considered necessary to send detachments of soldiers to "enforce the enrollment," two facts are noteworthy: first, that the number on the enrollment lists is much greater than in the abolition counties in the north; and secondly, that most of these counties have actually furnished more men for the war than the entire number of enrolled in the first class!
The simple truth about this matter of quotas and credits is — and it is a fact when applied to states or neighborhoods as well as to counties or congressional districts — that where there is an excess of democracy there is an overplus of patriotism, and vice versa. No "miscegenation" of figures can conceal this; no sophistry or ingenuity of argument, or carefully selected examples can break the force of the rule when taken in its universal application. This is neither matter of surprise nor especial congratulation to the democracy, for love of country, which is the only genuine patriotism, is an impulse as native to a democrat, as the love of kindred or self-preservation. They have been "loyal" to their country, when their loyalty has been sorely tried and basely betrayed by an unscrupulous and disloyal administration, which ought to pervert their natural love for the honor of their native or adopted land into upholding a crusade infamous in its nature, barbarous in its execution, and unconstitutional and unjust throughout its very essence.