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wha river, (up to the time I left,) as far down as Malden. The statement in to-day's Dispatch, in regard to Captain R. G. Banks, who is credited as brigade quartermaster, with the whole labor of transporting the brigade over the route so recently taken, is unjust to Col. Dunn, the real brigade quartermaster. Capt. B. is assistant quartermaster to 50th regiment, has not been with the command since it left Sewell, has been and is now absent at Wytheville settling business of his regiment. Col. Davis left the command at Richmond's Ferry, and only returned to Cotton Hill last Saturday. Col. Dunn was the only brigade quartermaster with Gen. Floyd through the mountains. The General's health is improving Mrs Floyd was at Pack's Ferry on Saturday, on her way to Raleigh. From this imperfect statement you can glean such facts as will enable you to form a pretty correct opinion of our position. All our supplies will e drawn from this depot, and our success must depend very much on the supp
f events, to protect and defend the Confederate States hitherto, in their conflict with their enemies, and to be unto them a shield. And, whereas, with grateful thanks we recognize His hand and acknowledge that not unto us, but unto Him belongeth the victory; and in humble dependence upon His Almighty strength, and trusting in the justness of our cause, we appeal to Him, that He may set at naught the efforts of our enemies, and put them to confusion and shame: Now, therefore, I. Jefferson Davis President of the Confederate States, in view of the impending conflict, do hereby set apart Friday, the 15th day of November, as a day of lasting humiliation and prayer; and I do hereby invite the Reverend Clergy and the people of those Confederate States, to repair on that day to their usual places of public worship, and to implore the blessing of Almighty God upon our arms, that He may give us victory over our enemies, preserve our homes and from pollution, and secure to us the rest
ers — you have all, doubtless, read of them. Here, for the first time the nation's history, was the national flag of the United States disgraced. Soon after the fall of Sumter, Secretary Walker publicly boasted that on the 1st of May the Confederate flag should float on the Capitol at Washington, and preparation was made by the Provisional Government of the Confederate States to raise an army of 105,600 men. All this was done before the proclamation of President Lincoln appeared. Davis commenced the war, and you was called upon to assist the Southern Confederacy, to join in taking back Washington which already belongs to you. You all called upon to join a band of robbers and abolitionists, to get back what already belong to you. The North is carrying on this was to maintain the law and the Constitution. When I look around, and see those gentlemen covered in the uniform of their country, my heart beats, and I welcome the soldier as the protector and savior of his country.
edom to your doors. Its standard now waves from the Potomac to Mason and Dixon's line. The men of Maryland who, during the last long months, have been crushed under the heel of this terrible despotism, now have the opportunity for working out their own redemption, for which they have so long waited, and suffered, and hoped. The Government of the Confederate States is pledged by the unanimous vote of its Congress, by the distinct declaration of its President, the soldier and statesman, Davis, never to cease this war until Maryland has the opportunity to decide for herself her own fate, untrammeled and free from Federal bayonets. The people of the South, with unanimity unparalleled, have given their hearts to our native State, and hundreds of thousands of her sons have sworn, with arms in their hands, that you shall be free. You must now do your part. We have the arms here for you. I am authorized immediately to muster in for the war companies and regiments — the compa
e the two great hostile armies been stricken down, and the wicked designs of our enemies set at naught. In such circumstances, it is meet and right that, as a people, we should bow down in adoring thank fulness to that gracious God who has been our bulwark and defence, and to offer unto Him the tribute of thanksgiving and praise. In His hand are the issues of all events, and to Him should we, in an especial manner, ascribe the honor of this great deliverance. Now, therefore, I. Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States, do issue this my proclamation, setting apart Thursday, the 18th day of September, instant, as a day of prayer and thanksgiving to Almighty God, for the great mercies vouchsafed to our people, and more especially for the triumph of our arms at Richmond and Manassas in Virginia, and at Richmond in Kentucky; and I do hereby invite the people of the confederate States to meet on that day at their respective places of public worship, and to unite in ren