A Slander of Traitors Rebuked.
The patriotic resolutions of the 56th Regiment Illinois Volunteers, which we publish on our first page, furnish a noble reputation of the charge made by copperheads and rebels that our Union soldiers are fighting for the freedom the negro. These men say:
We are not fighting for the freedom of the negro — WE FIGHT FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE UNION. If the Union can be preserved without freeing the slaves, we are satisfied; but, if to preserve the Union it is necessary to free all the slaves, we say, save the Union; and we denounce as traitors all those who have made the proclamation a pretext for organized opposition to the Government.
The 56th was organized at Shawneetown in 1861, and is composed almost entirely of citizens of Southern Illinois.