A rebel tract.--A New-Hampshire
soldier in Sherman
's army sent to his family a tract picked up on the battle-field of Resaca
, June fifteenth.
Its title is as follows:
Evangelical Tract Society, Petersburgh, Va. No. 214. ‘I Die in a Just Cause.’
By Rev. John 0.
Robinson, Rogersville, Tenn.
The first paragraph is as follows:
you bear a proud name, and one that posterity will honor.
Despite your homely garb, your coarse shoes, and hard fare, your country applauds the heroism, the daring valor, the patient endurance of her soldiers, even when the besotted editors of Federal newspapers style them, in derision, ‘butternuts’ and ‘ragamuffins:’ There can be no question that Southern troops are unsurpassed in valor and patriotism by any body of soldiers in the world.
They have every thing to make them so, for, like the Jews in the days of Nehemiah, they ‘fight for their brethren, their sons, their daughters, their wives, and their houses.’
Your enemies strive for conquest and plunder.
Your cause is the cause of right, of justice, of great principles; yea, of every thing a man holds dear in this life.
Your enemies are grasping at shadows — pursuing phantoms — urged on by the wildest fanaticism.