of force, be compelled to await it — it seems to me that the same generous ardor that induced them to embark in the great struggle for our independence would give me such succors that victory would be certain.
I therefore ask that, for the coming struggle, every man shall be sent forward.
A decisive battle will probably be fought on this line; and a company on that day will be more than a regiment next year.
If the enemy does not attack, the North embarrassed at home, menaced with war by England, will shrink foiled from the conflict, and the freedom of the South will be forever established.
If, however, the battle of independence is to be fought here, the history of Mississippi and the character of her gallant people compel me to believe that they would be among the first and stanchest to stand by their brethren in arms.
I have intrusted this letter to the care of the lion.
the Chief-Justice of your State, Judge Smith, to deliver, with my request to inform your Excellency of