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[for the Richmond Dispatch]The sympathy and respect shown by the people of the South for our subjugated active land, it as honorable to them as it is inspiring to us From all conditions and both sexes, the statesmen in council, the soldier in camp, the citizen at home, and the women at their firesides, one unanimous pledge has been made never to sheathe the sword until a free choice is accorded Maryland. The Government, by the solid rote of its Congress, has made this promise to the world and to us. It is our duty new to do our part. Prevented from resisting a crushing despotism at home, we must fight the battle of Maryland here. We are the only representatives of the ancient chivalry and the historic name of the Old Maryland and the obligation of subcentral norm, as well as of present duty, hind us to vindictive the one in the performance of the other. History will do us justice for what we have done. We must do ourselves justice in the future we have now in the field twenty-nine companies of infantry, cavalry, and artillery, besides individuals scattered in every regiment and almost every company from the Mississippi to the Potomac. Excepting one by one from the despotism at home, we have not had opportunity to mass ourselves into companies and regiments. while our blood has flowed at Bethel at Manassas, at Leesburg, and on every stricken field, the war cry of Maryland has never been heard but on the 21st. of July, and the laurels you all have assisted to gather have but adorned the honor of other States. The expiration of your present enlistment now gives you an opportunity to correct yourselves in masses of regiments and battalions. You owe this to your State, to the South, to yourselves. To year State, because she is dentition to the honor you achieve, and that thus you will cheer the hearts of our friends at home, and feed the enthusiasm there for our cause; to the South, that you thus acknowledge and repay her generally to you and yours, and keep alive her sympathy for Maryland; to yourselves, that your organization may represent our homes in the great battle we are fighting, and make the connecting link between the Confederate States and our own State Such organization by you will be the main support for the present of the Southern cause in Maryland, and the cause of Maryland in the South. The act of Congress providing for enlisting war troops will afford you every facility for thus organizing yourselves. If it were possible for you to connect as first in companies, you could choose your officers, and subsequently your held officers But your circumstances will prevail this. Away from home, and without means, you must have subsidence and pay from enlistment. I think the latter can be accomplished, preserving to you the right of choosing your own officers — The First Maryland regiment is now in the field, admirably armed and equipped has, of soon will have, recreating at Richmond and Fredericksburg. Apply there to be enlisted. As soon as entitles, you get transportation to the regiment, pay, and subsistence. When you thus, one by one, are sent there, you will be placed in charge of an officer is an incomplete company, until enough are thus collected to organize and elect officers This you can then do under the act of Congress, and thus form your own company. When enough companies are thus organized, they may form a battalion or regiment. In this manner, making the only Maryland organization as such now in the field your uncles, you can form companies first and regiments after wald until you have massed the five thousand Maryland men now in the army. As Offices of the 1st Md.
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