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m: If there has been any decadence of the manly virtues in the Old Dominion, it is not because the present generation has proved itself either weak or cowardly or unequal to the greatest emergencies. No people, with so few numbers, ever put into the field and kept there so long troops more numerous, brave, or more efficient, or produced Generals of more merit, in all the kinds and grades of military talent. It is not a worn out and effete race which has produced Lee Johnston Jackson, Ashby, and Stuart. It is not a worn-out and effete race which for eighteen months has defended its capital against the approach of an enemy close upon their borders, and outnumbering them thirty to one. It is not a worn out and effete race which has preserved substantial popular unity under all the strain and pressure and sacrifices of this unprecedented war. "Let history" as was said of another race, "which records their unhappy fate as a people, do justice to their rude virtues as men" Th