Doc. 62 1/2. Colonel Taylor's proclamation.
Headquarters post at Springfield, September 30, 1861.Applications having been made to me for passes for persons going South with their families and property, have caused me to issue the following suggestions and orders, which, I trust, will fully explain the position I shall take upon the question: The time has now arrived when each man must be considered as a friend or a foe to the interest of the State; when avarice, timidity, and duplicity can no longer be excuses for inaction. The rapid and brilliant victories which have crowned the army of Missouri, since its organization, the enthusiastic enlistment of the volunteer force for the defence of the State; the unparalleled magnanimity which has been shown by their Commander-in-Chief, General Price, to those taken in arms against the State of Missouri; the faithful manner in which the proclamation of Gen. Price, made after the battle of Wilson's Creek, has been carried out; all call upon the people of Missouri to remain and share the glory which must speedily crown the triumph of liberty over fraud, rapine, and oppression. We are apt to blend private interest and domestic enjoyments too much with the public good — too ready to sacrifice the latter to the former. Where are all the illustrious sacrifices that history records in all past revolutions? Shall this one, waged upon a principle as sacred as any, pass without them! Shall it be a war merely for wealth, and not for principle? The first duty we owe to our family is to place it in a situation of honor, and the noblest inheritance we can leave our children is the example of noble virtue, and a name to which true glory is attached. The late acts of Gen. Fremont in carrying out his proclamation, by liberating the slaves of Col. Snead, indicate, in a manner not to be mistaken, the objects of the present war, as waged on the part of the United States Government; but there is a more sinister motive in the proclamation, which the true men of Missouri, by leaving the State with their property, are assisting to carry out, and that is, the power that will be given by the withdrawal of their influence and wealth, to hired bandits and unscrupulous demagogues, to rouse a feeling of envy in the minds of the poorer classes. Missourians! Americans! your country demands your sacrifices. Will you give up your proud interest in this great Commonwealth, just as she is emerging from the thraldom of hired invasion; just as the invader has been driven from your State? Will you selfishly slide away and make your homes in other lands, and by so doing put a weapon in the hands of an unscrupulous enemy to injure the sacred cause which your countrymen now in the field are defending, with their lives? Be firm and true: if sacrifices must be made, make them like men; join the armies of the State; remember, where all are united none can subdue. Without the liberty you are now battling for, wealth will be useless and happiness a dream. Manassas, Wilson's Creek, Lexington, and Washington stand before you; all your most sanguine hopes are realized; the war must be short, as it has been brilliant. Your brightest glory in future time will be that you were a soldier of  the Revolution. Then do not remove your property, but stay and defend it. In furtherance of these views, I, as commander of this post, will utterly refuse to pass any property of the citizens of Missouri out of this State.
T. T. Taylor, Commanding Post.