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The Great Second Advent Movement: Its Rise and Progress

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    Slavery and the War

    In relating a vision given her Jan. 4, 1862, Mrs. White said:—GSAM 340.3

    “Thousands have been induced to enlist with the understanding that this war was to exterminate slavery; but now that they are fixed, they find that they have been deceived, that the object of this war is not to abolish slavery, but to preserve it as it is.”GSAM 340.4

    The foregoing was given at a time when the soldiers were required to aid in the work of returning to their masters all slaves who had escaped into the Union lines, and the soldiers are represented as saying, “If we succeed in quelling this rebellion, what has been gained?” They answer discouragingly, “Nothing. That which caused the rebellion is not removed. The system of slavery, which has ruined our nation, is left to live and stir up another rebellion.” These words, taken from Testimony No. 7, where a thrilling account of the war is given in full, under the head of “Slavery and the War,” do not state that slavery would never be abolished, but represent the situation as the soldiers then viewed it. A little farther along in the same testimony is a prediction as follows:—GSAM 341.1

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