They force upon us the alternative of resistance, and because we placed our flag where theirs once waved, they rush to arms and threaten us with extermination.
At first, when gnashing their teeth over their miserable discomfiture, they affected a beautiful sentiment.
The symbol of their grandeur and greatness had been lowered at the command of a foe they had taunted with weakness and folly.
Swollen with pride, infuriate with passion, and emboldened by the eager rush of numbers to their capitol, they have ceased prating about the honor of their Government; they no longer make specious appeals to patriotism, but, ignoring these high and potent motives, they address brute passions, and deliberately concoct and propose schemes which would shock and disgust savages.
Their brutal soldiery are to possess our fair fields; one class of our population are reckoned upon as allies in the execution of their fiendish purposes; Louisiana
is to be. conquered by letting in upon her the waters of the Mississippi
, and the victors are to prey upon the virtue of our wives and daughters.
These are the motives and objects loudly proclaimed by the gathering hordes.
Fierce will be the coming strife.
Steel and lead, and iron will be clothed with all their murderous power.
The sword will drink its full of blood.
Victory will be slaughter.--Charleston Courier, May 16