when, as in my judgment it obviously is, that policy is demanded by the most obvious demands of patriotic duty, we should not hesitate one moment in adopting and abiding by it.
Let those who have produced the rebellion exclusively share its certain adverse fate.
Let them not, by specious promises of assistance and future prosperity, swerve us from our allegiance.
They are even now promising themselves comparative exemption from the perils of the struggle.
A recent Secretary
, after having used his high position to produce the result, and by his grossly ignorant or faithless measures bankrupt the Treasury, is now addressing the people of his immediate section to persuade them that the coming war and its horrors will be kept far from them, and confined to the Border States
Let us, as far as ours is concerned, be wise enough to frustrate this cowardly policy.
If to gain their traitorous views war is to be waged, let them bear its entire brunt.
Let us not be their deluded victims.
What is there in the modern history of South Carolina
which should recommend her teachings to Maryland
What is there in the intellects of the Rhetts, the Yanceys, the Cobbs, and id genus omne
, to make them our leaders?
They did all they could to achieve the election of Mr. Lincoln
, and hailed its accomplishment with undissembled delight.
They thought they saw in it the realization of their long-cherished hopes — the precipitation of the Cotton States
into a revolution; and then fancied exemption from the worst of the perils — and they now seek to effect it — in the intervention of the other Slave States between them and the danger.
Short-sighted men, they never anticipated the calamities already upon them, and the greater certain to follow.
Besides relying on the fact just stated, they also counted securely on a large and influential support in the Free States
Little did they know the true patriotic heart of the land.
The first gun fired on the nation's flag raised that feeling in the Northern
That gun, fired without cause, and upon a noble garrison about to be starved into a surrender, by being, through timidity or a worse cause, left in that condition, caused every man able to bear arms to rush to the support of the Government
Where, in the past, the South
could count its friends by thousands and hundreds of thousands, not one is now to be found.
The cry is the Government
must be sustained — the flag must be vindicated.
Heaven forbid that the duty of that vindication should be forgotten by Maryland
A temporary cause may have made it prudent in a part of the State
(I have not the heart to name the locality) to suppress it. It may have happened that the Stripes, so often borne by her sons to victory or a proud death, were justly esteemed the national emblem to outrage, which the constituted authorities (though before justly boastful of their power to preserve the peace, as they had before faithfully done) were unable to prevent or quell, and were immediately made to share the fate of the rebellious standard.
But it is not less true that there is in every true Maryland
bosom a devoted attachment to the national emblem, which will cause every man of us, whenever and wherever hearing the inspiring sounds, to unite in the chorus of our national anthem, “Oh long may it wave, o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”
Though not especially impulsive, I cannot imagine how an American eye can look upon that standard without emotion.
The twenty stars added to the first constellation tell its proud history, its mighty influence, and its unequalled career.
Are these now to be forgotten and lost?
Tell me not that this is sentiment.
Sentiment, to be sure it is, but it is one that purifies and animates and strengthens the national heart.
God may be worshipped (I make the comparison with all proper reverence) in the open field, in the stable — but is there no virtue in the cathedral?
Does not the soul turn its thoughts heavenwards the moment its sacred threshold is crossed?
This too is sentiment, but it is one that honors our nature, and proves our loyalty to the Almighty.
So it is with our national emblem.
The man who is dead to its influence is in mind a fool or in heart a traitor.
It is this emblem I am the honored organ now to present to you. I need not commend it to your constant, vigilant care; that, I am sure, it will ever be your pride to give it. When, if ever your hearts shall despond — when, if ever you shall desire your patriotism to be specially animated, throw it to the winds, gaze on its beautiful folds, remember the years and the fields over which, from ‘76 to the present time, it has been triumphantly borne; remember how it has consoled the dying and animated the survivor: remember that it served to kindle even to a brighter flame the patriotic ardor of Washington
— went with him through all the struggles of the Revolution, consoled him in defeat, gave to victory an additional charm, and that his dying moments were consoled and cheered by the hope that it would forever float over a perpetual Union, and you at once feel its almost holy influence and swear to stand by and maintain it till life itself shall be no more.
Here it is, citizen soldiers.
It is now yours, and with the assurance of its fair donors that they commit it to brave and loyal hands, and with their prayers for your individual happiness — for the restoration of our Government to its recent peaceful and glorious unity, and its continuance as such forever.--National Intelligencer
, May 11.