within those limits.
They have abolitionized your border, as the disgraced North-west will show.
They have invaded your moral strongholds and the rights of your religion, and have undertaken to teach you what should be the moral duties of men.
They have invaded the sanctity of your homes and firesides,,and endeavored to play master, father
, and husband for you in your households; in a word, they have set themselves up as a petty Providence
by which you are in all things to be guided and controlled.
But you have always declared that you would not be subject to this invasion of your rights.
Though war was demanded, it was not for you to declare war. But now that the armies of the invader are hovering around the tomb of Washington
, where is the Virginian
heart that does not beat with a quicker pulsation at this last and boldest desecration of his beloved State?
Their hordes are already approaching our metropolis, and extending their folds around our State as does the anaconda around his victim.
The call is for action.
I rejoice in this war. Who is there that now dares to put on sanctity to depreciate war, or the “horrid glories of war.”
None. Why? Because it is a war of purification.
You want war, fire, blood, to purify you; and the Lord
of Hosts has demanded that you should walk through fire and blood.
You are called to the fiery baptism, and I call upon you to come up to the altar.
Though your pathway be through fire, or through a river of blood, turn not aside.
Be in no hurry — no hurry and flurry.
Collect yourselves, summon yourselves, elevate yourselves to the high and sacred duty of patriotism.
The man who dares to pray, the man who dares to wait until some magic arm is put into his hand; the man who will not go unless he have a Minie, or percussion musket, who will not be content with flint and steel, or even a gun without a lock, is worse than a coward — he is a renegade.
If he can do no better, go to a blacksmith, take a gun along as a sample, and get him to make you one like it. Get a spear — a lance.
Take a lesson from John Brown
Manufacture your blades from old iron, even though it be the tires of your cart-wheels.
Get a bit of carriage spring, and grind and burnish it in the shape of a bowie knife, and put it to any sort of a handle, so that it be strong — ash, hickory, oak. But, if possible, get a double-barrelled gun and a dozen rounds of buckshot, and go upon the battle-field with these.
If their guns reach further than yours, reduce the distance; meet them foot to foot, eye to eye, body to body, and when you strike a blow, strike home.
Your true blooded Yankee will never stand still in the face of cold steel.
Let your aim, therefore, be to get into close quarters, and with a few decided, vigorous movements, always pushing forward, never back, my word for it, the soil of Virginia
will be swept of the Vandals who are now polluting its atmosphere.
The band then struck up “Dixie,” which was followed by “We may be happy yet.” --N. Y. Express
, June 13.