The following are the preamble and resolutions in full of Senator Semmes
, of Kentucky
, introduced into the confederate Congress, on Wednesday, February twenty-sixth:
Whereas, the war in which we are now engaged with the Government
and people of the late United States
was not provoked nor inaugurated by the government or people of the confederate States
, and is now prosecuted and maintained by them only in vindication of the highest and most sacred rights of a people resolved to be free and independent;
And, whereas, the right of self-government, and the right to change, alter, or abolish their form of government by the people of these States, and ordain and establish another, by their authority, better calculated to promote their happiness and secure their liberties, are rights inherited and inalienable, and by them never surrendered, and which they, in most solemn manner, do now pledge themselves never to surrender; and, whereas, the war now waged against them is the work of Northern fanaticism, and was conceived and is now prosecuted for the subjugation of the people of these States, and the overthrow of their social and domestic institutions, and finally for their enslavement and degradation before the civilized world; be it, therefore,
, By the Senate and House of Representatives of the Congress of the confederate States, that the people of these States will, to the last extremity, maintain and defend their right to self-government, and the government ordained and established by them; and to this end, by the representatives, do hereby most solemnly pledge the last man and the last dollar within the limits of this Confederacy for the prosecution of this war, until their independence as a nation is recognised and acknowledged.
, That a brave and manly people can neither be appalled by danger nor intimidated by defeat, and that the people of these States will submit to any sacrifice, and endure any trial, however severe, when there are necessary means of escape from subjugation and enslavement, and firmly relying, as they do, upon the justice of their cause, and humbly trusting in the providence of God, they will maintain their position before the world and high heaven, while they have a voice to raise or an arm to defend.