of cotton and tobacco.
of planters, for the purpose of the question of burning the of cotton and tobacco, took last in the African but little promise- to the notice of this well attended, and at an house was filled.
The meet to order by T. C. Green
, of and was first addressed by of Mississippi
, who and the importance of the came to discuss.
A series of presented and adopted, Marshall
delivered a stirring which frequently drew from the audience.
of the meeting was decidedly destruction of the entire crop of it should fall into the even if no guarantees compensation.
Speeches by Gov. Moore
, of Kentucky
The following are adopted:
Government of the United
made in unprovoked, flagrant, war on the Government
and Confederate States
, and have war on principles hitherto among civilized nations; and that our only safety against unrelenting a foe is to be a courage, patriotism, and self- of our people; and where- and despots of the North
proclaimed their purpose to homes, and appropriate our to their own use, and have, in va- carried the infamous threat execution by plundering our cotton, tobacco, rice, and other whereas, fire, when applied by more formidable than the is by this meeting.
a means of national safety, by military necessity and true we deem it the imperative duty to adopt measures for the the entire crops of cotton and on hand, with the purpose of at the appropriation of them by of our soils and country, and fair and equitable compensation me to their owners, by such ar- as shall enable the Government
debt incurred thereby without the public treasury in any serious account of the said purchase.
of Government liability to be the entire property.
That as the owner of these great Government would hold in its power of removing so great a from the path of the Federal
ar- its raids into our country, of our citizens under the avowed supplying, by force, the markets of with these valuable articles of de- must necessarily be done, if are redeemed, by the total bank- our planting interests on the one the utter subjugation and enslave as people of the South
on the other- That, possessed of these products, the solemn duty of the Gov
- take immediate action appointed for that purpose, or to take an account of such crops as are at exposed places; the owners thereof with cer- the amount and value of their of debt by the Govern- and consign the property to flames.
That in case the owners of said to accept the terms offered by tax of --cents per pound and collected from such finally lost, or sacrificed, as a public safety thereafter, such hold not be allowed any compen- the same.
That where other articles of or took are exposed to the raids of they should be removed, if prac- and if not practicable, an inventory should be taken, with an estimate by military authority or a agent, or, in the absence of competent citizens, and certified to and said property forthwith de- and the parties thus deprived of should be indemnified by the