The true spirit.
We cheerfully comply with the request of ‘"A Subscriber,"’ and publish the substance of a speech delivered by Rufus Barringer
, in Concord, N. C.
, on the 20th ult;
after reciting the condition of affairs at Washington
, in Virginia
, and in the middle and eastern parts of the State
, went on to say that he hoped the people of Cabarrus
, intelligent, prompt and public-spirited, would do their whole duty in the present crisis.
All who were able to fight should be prepared to do so. All who were blessed with abundance, should be ready and willing to aid the State
in supporting her forces.
We at last see the whole North united against us.
This had been predicted years ago. It was now painfully true.
Those not already and long since abolitionized, were at once crushed under the iron heel of Black Republican rule.
Talk of the free North ! free-soil, a free press and free speech ! A friend from New York has just described to Mr.
B., a mob of 5,000 Republicans, on Monday, the 15th inst., marching from house to house, threatening the rights of property, the freedom of the press, the liberty of speech, and the lives of helpless women and children !--The most ultra and most confiding Union man must now admit that Mr. Lincoln
has been guilty of the very basest treachery and falsehood, and that a wild, cowardly fanaticism (bold only in numbers) rules the entire North
Trembling in their shoes and dreading the united South
, they shelter themselves beneath the forms of the Constitution
and seek to turn the whole power and patronage of the Government
against the South
The sword of a broken Constitution and the chains of a military despotism are suspended over us; the army which we have helped to establish; the navy which we have helped to build; and the treasury which we had helped to fill, have all been turned against us by a fanatical Government, indiscriminately crushing its friends and foes.
We have no alternative but to fight; and as Chief Justice Ruffin
remarked the other day in the streets of Raleigh
, ‘"We must fight to the death--the bloodier the fight the quicker peace.
"’ We must let the North
see that the South
will baptize the whole country in blood, rather than give up her rights — rather than have her people submit to be corrupted by patronage or conquered by power.
Convince them of this and the slavery question is settled forever; faith and friendship will reign between us through all time to come; we will not even need a police corps on the border line.--But never
without the seal of blood will there be peace between us. God knows we have not desired war, but now that the North
has forced the alternative upon us, we are for war, and war to the knife.
If the Northern
horde ventures to invade our soil, it will be with an army of five hundred thousand men. If they come at all, they will come to exterminate.
We must prepare to meet them on the threshold.
It is idle to talk of a home guard.
That is not the proper spirit.
There is now no danger to our homes.
Let all able- bodied men who can leave at all — young, old and middle-aged — rich and poor, prepare to go whenever duty may call.
Let companies be formed in every captain's beat; let them be officered and reported to the Governor
Let all men spare time enough to drill.
Arrange your business so as to leave at a moment's warning.
Save the State
and yourself all you can; but spare nothing necessary to our common defence.
are as dear to us now as our own people.
A common interest, a fellow feeling and a generous sentiment, all inspire us to stand or fall together.
We may still talk about the old Stars and Stripes.
We may look to a middle Confederacy, or we may turn to yonder glorious banner now floating victoriously to the breeze; but if we fight to conquer, we must all fight together.
--The man who now sits down to calculate where he will go when the victory is lost or won, or under what particular banner he will fight the battles of the South
, has half way made up his mind not to fight at all, if he can help it.
Such men doubt our cause and distrust our arms.
Our appeal to you is to unite, to arouse and to rally.
Do your duty and trust the result to the God of battles.
To arms ! To arms ! ! and strike in defence of the land of your birth; the peace of your homes, the honor of your name, and the green graves of your sires.
B. then proposed to raise, forth with, a third company of volunteers, or he would join as a private any company gotten up by others.