It took a year of defeat and disappointment to bring the government to a state of mind where it was ready to proclaim the emancipation of the slave. Horace Greeley—the great editor of the Tribune, who ran in the masthead of his paper the slogan "On to Richmond!"—was fiercely critical of what seemed to be the blundering failures of the government. But when he came to write his reminiscences, after the war was over and slavery had been destroyed and the Union preserved, Greeley saw clearly the hand of God in that early history of the war. "Had Napoleon or Jackson," he wrote, "been in Scott's place in 1861, the rebellion would have been stamped out ere the close of that year. But slavery would have remained to scourge us still. Thus disaster is overruled to subserve the ends of beneficence. Thus the evil of the moment contains the germ of good that is enduring."
That was a great sentence by Greeley: "Thus the evil of the moment contains the germ of good that is enduring."