Cavalry Camp at Young's farm
Warwick Co., Va., Oct. 19, 1861. To the Voters of the Fifth Congressional District:
I am informed that my opponent, the Hon. Thos. S. Bocock
, is making an active canvass of our District, and that in some portions of it his supporters are making what I think I may characterize as an ungenerous attack upon me, on account of my position in the military service.
In view of all this, I am urged by my friends to appear myself before the people of the District
I regret to have to say that I cannot, at this particular juncture, consistently with a sense of duty, leave my post for any electioneering purpose.
My position upon the one great and absorbing question of the times is well known, at least to a portion of the District
At a time when it was reckoned but little short of treason, I proclaimed before the people that the election of a Republican President
should be the signal for planting the standard of the South
upon Pennsylvania Avenue, and that with my consent the army, the navy and the treasury, the great powers of the Government
, should never be wielded by a Republican Administration.
The records of the late Virginia Convention at test that in that body my efforts, though humble were untiringly devoted to the great cause of Southern independence.
That it was my privilege so to devote them, I shall remember with a feeling of pride to the last hour of life.
Thos. F. Goode