men will stand to their guns and make a fight which shall shine out on the page of history as an example of what a brave people can do after exhausting every means of pacification.
Yes; old Virginia clung to the Union and the Constitution with filial devotion.
The voice of her Henry had first aroused the colonies to resist British oppression.
The pen of her Jefferson had written the Declaration of Independence.
The sword of her Washington had made good that Declaration.
The pen of her Mason had written the Constitution, and her great statesmen had expounded it. Through long, prosperous, and happy years her sons had filled the presidential chair, and her voice had been potential, in Cabinet and Congress, in shaping the destinies of the great republic to whose prosperity she had contributed so largely.
But now there had arisen another king that knew not Joseph—the very fundamental principles of the Constitution were, in her judgment, subverted—civil war, with all of its horror