60.--Virginia's Ordinance of secession.
The announcement that the Convention of Virginia had passed an Ordinance of Secession, was received with the most universal and profound satisfaction.
There are no longer in Virginia
The Union men and the Secessionists are arrayed in a solid band of brotherhood under the flag of Virginia
The only rivalry is which shall do and suffer most in defence of our common honor against the monstrous despotism at Washington
's Proclamation has accomplished the union of all parties in Virginia
and the South
The Ordinance of Secession is the answer of the Convention
to that Proclamation, and the action of the Convention
is but the echo of the people's will.
The old Union, for which our fathers fought and bled, has been wilfully sacrificed by a Black Republican despot, and he now seeks to wrench from us our Liberty and Independence.
, which led the van in the war of ‘76, now meets him on the threshold.
She has been slow to act, but she will be slower still to retrace her steps.
The Union has lost its brightest planet, but it will henceforth beam as a star of the first magnitude in the purer, brighter, and grander constellation of the Southern Cross