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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 2. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 59: a Virginian who is not a traitor: response of Lieut. Mayo, U. S. N., to the proclamation of Gov. Letcher. (search)
Doc. 59: a Virginian who is not a traitor: response of Lieut. Mayo, U. S. N., to the proclamation of Gov. Letcher. U. S. Ship St. Mary's, Mare Island, Cal. To John Letcher, Governor of Virginia: Sir — I have this day seen for the first time an ordinance of the Convention issued--the injunction of secrecy being removed --in form of a proclamation by order of the Governor, by Geo. W. Munford, Secretary of the Commonwealth. One section of this ordinance reads thus: And that he (the Governor) shall immediately invite all efficient and worthy Virginians, and residents of Virginia in the Army and Navy of the United States, to retire therefrom and to enter the service of Virginia, assigning to them such rank as will not reverse the relative rank held by them in the United States service, and will be at least equivalent thereto. John Letcher, for the sake of the American character, I deplore that the injunction of secrecy was removed. I was slow to believe that any body