opinions of his Excellency
, President Abraham Lincoln
, I am sure you all share with me the fullest conviction, that he has shown to us his sincerest endeavors to be just, and while the adopted citizens of German birth have placed more than sixty thousand men in the field for the support of the Administration, and the reestablishment of the Union
, we may truly and surely expect that the resolutions offered by the Committee
, framed in the spirit of the purest patriotism, when accepted by this mass meeting, will be met and promptly acted upon, in like spirit, by all to whom they are addressed.
was then called on to read a long list of Vice-Presidents
, who were accepted by the unanimous vote of the meeting.
Mr. Hugo Wesendonck
was next introduced, and read the resolutions, as follows:
, it has been reliably reported that General F. Sigel
has been superseded in the command of a part of the army of Missouri, and that he has been compelled, by systematic neglect, to tender his resignation; and whereas, it is the duty of all those who are well acquainted with his eminent abilities as an officer and his pure character as a man, to endeavor to retain his services for the country in this its hour of trial; therefore,
, by the citizens of New-York
, in mass meeting assembled, that among the many patriots now sacrificing their lives and their fortunes for the integrity of the Union
, they do not know of any one animated by purer motives and more efficient as an officer than General Franz Sigel
That he was among the first who rose for the suppression of the infamous rebellion which now lacerates our beloved country, and that a large portion of the army of Missouri was called into existence by him.
That without his efforts and the efforts of those who assisted him, the State of Missouri
would now be out of the Union
, and that no other commander has done more for the preservation of one of the most brilliant stars in our flag than Gen. Franz Sigel
That he has shown military ability of the first order, and that the battle-fields of Missouri
are everlasting monuments of his valor and his superior tactics.
That his character is unstained by any reproach, and that his patriotism is pure and above cavil.
That he is dearly beloved by all under his command, and that he enjoys the unbounded confidence of a large portion of the army as an officer of the first rank.
That the country cannot dispense with the services of a commander who is equally great in conquering the enemy and in preserving those under his command from destruction.
That we have not the slightest doubt that his resignation was dictated by the principles of honor and by his sense of justice, and was entirely consistent with his duties as a soldier.
That we notice with indignation, that low jealousy and narrow-minded nativism, even in such times as these, are trying to drive away true merit, and that the spirit of caste and charlatanism are prevailing where tried military ability and upright honesty should reign supreme.
And that we earnestly desire to see him placed in a position in which his surpassing abilities as a commander of large bodies of troops may best be employed for the salvation of the Union
, That a committee of three be appointed by the chairman of this meeting, to proceed to Washington
and to present these resolutions to his Excellency
, the President
of the United States
, and that copies of the same be sent to the Commander-in-Chief
of the army of the United States, to the commander of the army of Missouri, to the Secretary of War
, to the Governor
of the State of New-York
, and to the members of the Military Committee of the United States Congress.
, in presenting these resolutions, accompanied them with some remarks, in which he made a full exposition of affairs in Missouri
, he said, had saved that State from being swallowed up in the gulf of secession.
They had had the courage to stand up for the Union
at a time when no others dared to express their loyalty to the Government
(Applause.) More than three times they had been called upon to defend themselves against the attacks of traitorous bands.
The speaker alluded to the manner in which the war in Missouri
was carried on, and was of the opinion that the same could not be satisfactory to Gen. Sigel
He asked the question, whether it was proper to hold a mass meeting in a time of war?
In his opinion there could be nothing more proper and more effective than a large and an imposing demonstration like this affair, in order to do away with the evil resulting from the measures of the Government
and certain military leaders.
He spoke of the fact that the enemies of the country were not only those now standing in arms against it, but also those among us who, in secret, try to bring about a demoralization of the army.
The resolutions, as read, were approved by the whole assembly.
Mr. Friedrich Kapp
was then introduced to address the audience, who drew at length a comparison between Gen. Sigel
and the German portion of the heroes of the American Revolution
The position of Gen. Sigel
was nearly the same.
They were treated in a like manner.
Most of the foreign portion of the heroes of the Revolution.
sacrificed their lives for the country.
Gen. De Kalb
fell at Camden
, covered with no less than eight wounds.
had a right to expect to be supported by his countrymen.
He was, there was no question, one of the ablest and best leaders of the army.
had been persecuted ever since the breaking out of the rebellion, because they had remained true to the Union
Without them Governor Jackson
would have succeeded in wrenching the State of Missouri
from the Union
.) The speaker