This declaration was, very naturally, at once flashed over tho whole country; and it was well known that a portion of the Confederate forces were dispatched northward from Charleston
directly after the fall of Sumter
Yet, in the face of these notorious facts, Gov. Letcher
responded to the President
's call on Virginia
for Militia to defend the capital in the following terms:
I have only to say that the militia of Virginia will not be furnished to the powers at Washington for any such use or purpose as they have in view.
Your object is to subjugate the Southern States; and a requisition made upon me for such an object — an object, in my judgment, not within the purview of the Constitution or the Act of 1795--will not be complied with.
You have chosen to inaugurate civil war; and, having done so, we will meet you in a spirit as determined as the Administration has exhibited toward the South.
To the same effect, Gov. Ellis
, of North Carolina
--who had long been thoroughly in the interest and counsels of the plotters of Disunion — responded to the call as follows:
Gov. Isham G. Harris
, of Tennessee
--likewise a thorough sympathizer with South Carolina
--responded as follows:
Tennessee will not furnish a single man for coercion, but fifty thousand, if necessary, for the defense of our rights and those of our brethren.