Patriotic letter from an Alabama Clergy-man.
--The Rev. O. R. Blue
, of Tuscaloosa
, writes a private letter to one of his relatives at Montgomery, Alabama
, which we find in the Advertiser.
He announces his patriotic determination to leave the pulpit and take the field.
He breathes the spirit of his State in the following extract:
I have done all that in one was to help the country ever since the war began, but now that the cloud grows dark, and the perils increase, I feel that I must give myself to the holy cause.
Had we continued to gain ground and met with no reverses, I could have gone on in the usual course and given encouragement, money, and prayers, as heretofore; but now I feel that personal sacrifices and peril must be added.
I am not acting under a hasty impulse, but calmly and in the fear of God, and I trust life and all in His hands, who has never ceased to be gracious to me. A calm survey of all my connections in this revolution brings up nothing of regret, nothing that I would not do again; and I determined from the first that it should cost me something, and, if needs be, everything; and that resolve I mean to keep I find, too, every day since it has been known here that I am going, that others are influenced to go with me.
I have a first-rate Sharpe
's rifle, one hundred ball cartridges, and the same number of rifle- shell, none of which, I hope, shall be wasted I shall take a good supply of testaments, also, and hope never to forget my ministerial calling, though not going as a chaplain.
How long I shall be gone I am not able now to say, but I hope until our land is free from the trend of the invader, and our eternal separation from the infamous Yankee nation a fixed fact.
And if in the providence of God I shall not come back, I trust I shall not die in vain.
I am better pleased with the spirit of the people here for the last few days than ever before.
Our reverses have brought out a more lofty patriotism, and kindled a sterner determination to fight it out to the end than has ever been shown since the beginning of the war.