l of us are ready to pledge ourselves to help you form your cabinet.
There is only one point—those fellows from Virginia and the border States want you to promise to strike the first blow.
For a moment there was perfect silence.
I believe every man in the room held his breath.
Mr. Stephens made no reply and Mr. Toombs went on.
Those fellows say their States are hanging in the balance, ready to turn with the first blow.
They know Buchanan will never dare to strike us; they believe Lincoln will be as cowardly.
Now they want the question settled in their States, and they want you to promise when the first opportunity offers, say if the Administration should attempt to reinforce or provision Sumter, you will strike the first blow.
For about two heartbeats they faced, that magnificent specimen of manhood and that fragile, emaciated little man.
Would not strike the First blow.
No, I will never never strike the first blow at the Union, said Mr. Stephens, speakin
to govern themselves by spiritual laws, 314
Jeffreys, Thos. D., 241
Johnston, Gen., Albert Sidney. A Tributary Epitaph to, 104
Jones, Gen. W. E., 100
Keenan, Death of Major, 200
Kentucky in 1788, 33
Kershaw, Gen. J. B., 23
Keysville Guards, 146 Roll of, 147
King, Col. H. H., 167
Lassiter, Charles T., Address of, 126
Lee, Gen. R. E. At Appomattox, 15 His self-denying greatness, 294 The quintessence of Virginia, 294 When a private soldier seized his bridle, 204
Lincoln, Abraham, His kindly feeling toward the South, 254 Emancipation Proclamation of, 60
McLaws, Gen. L., 24
Madison, James, small of stature, 47
Magistrates, The, of Virginia, 303
Mahone Gen. Wm., 171 prowess of, 174
Marshall, John, Sketch of, 45 His unaffected bearing, 309
Marye's Heights, Storming of, 175 Fearful mortality at, 176, 198
Mason, Geo., Sketch of, 50
Memorable Challenge, A, 304
Memphis, Capture of by Forrest, 180
Minor, Benj. Blake, 370
Moffett, W. L., 14th