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‘ [43] her best and bravest, in the pride and purity of her manhood and your blood, to rally around her altars, the blue hills and the green fields of your nativity, and send your scornful challenge forth, “the Saxon breasts are equal to the Norman steel.” ’ He exhorted the Missouri cavalry division to keep together and to prefer exile to submission. On April 27th Governor Pendleton Murrah, of Texas, issued a proclamation from Austin announcing the surrender of Lee and calling upon the people to recruit the army and continue the struggle, saying: ‘It may yet be the privilege of Texas, the youngest of the Confederate sisters, to redeem the cause of the Confederacy from its present perils.’

On that day (April 27th) the brigade commanded by General W. P. Hardeman, encamped in Washington county, held a mass meeting and resolved that though Lee had surrendered, they would not abandon the struggle until the right of self-government was established, and declared their readiness to march to the aid of their brethren in arms in the Cis-Mississippi Department.

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