his important frontier, you have driven back the immense army which the enemy had sent to invade our country and to establish his dominion over our people by the wide-spread havoc of a war inaugurated without a shadow of constitutional right, and prosecuted in a spirit of ruthless vengeance.
By your valor and firmness you have kept him in check until the nations of the earth have been forced to see us in our true character — not dismembered and rebellious communities, but an empire of confederate States, with a Constitution safe in the affections of the people, institutions and laws in full and unobstructed operation a population enjoying all the comforts of life, and a citizen soldiery who laugh to scorn the threat of subjugation.
Your country now summons you to a nobler and a greater deed.
The enemy has gathered up all his energies for a final conflict.
His enormous masses threaten us on the West; his naval expeditions are assailing us upon our whole Southern coast, and upon