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By the Governor of Virginia.the President of the Confederate States has called for forty thousand additional troops from Virginia.--This call affirms that ‘"the exigencies of the public service require, in order to repel the invasion of Virginia, that her sons be called out in her defence more speedily than can be done under the operation of the law recently enacted by her Legislature."’ No call like this has ever yet been made upon this State in vain. Every nerve must be strung. Every son of Virginia must respond with an ardent zeal to defend the Commonwealth. Those subject to military duty are alone required to perform this service, but gallant volunteers, who come with the will to do or die for this great cause, will be given a place in our ranks. This war has attained a point which requires brave men and true patriots to leave their homes and grapple sternly with the foe. We will not tamely submit to degradation or slavery. We will have Virginia independent and all our liberties maintained, or perish in the attempt to secure them. Therefore, I, John Letcher, Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, by virtue of authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws, do hereby require the militia and the volunteers of the respective counties and cities named in the schedule hereto annexed, to repair forthwith to the respective places assigned them, without waiting for further orders. Move at once to the places designated. Commandents of regiments and companies will immediately cause their commands to be summoned, employing expresses, where necessary, and when assembled, order them with expedition to the nearest railroad line, and thence to the rendezvous and report to the General in command. Regiments will there be consolidated and formed into ten companies to a regiment, with one hundred men to each company. Field and company officers sufficient for the force that may be as embled, will be assigned according to rank, and junior officers who have no commands will be considered super-numerary, and be returned to the ranks. Officers in command of detachments en route to places of rendezvous will cause the necessary supplies for their commands to be furnished, giving to the persons furnishing them certificates of indebtedness, which will be paid by the Anditing Board at Richmond. Every private having a serviceable fire-arm of any description in his possession, or who can procure one from a neighbor not able to perform duty, will carry it with him. If lost, the arms will be paid for by the State.--Those who have no arms will be provided with them at the respective rendezvous. The loyal citizens of the West and Northwest, in counties not herein named, are earnestly invoked to form guerilla companies, and strike, when least expected, once more for the State that gave them birth. With stern resolve and manly courage uphold the flag and the untarnished fame of the Old Dominion. Scorn the misrule of traitors, who, with usurped authority, are desecrating our soil with a pollution worse than that of the direct enemy, and execute vengeance upon the foe who acknowledges and sustains their treason. Given under my hand as Governor, and under the Seal of the Commonwealth of Virginia, this tenth day of March, 1862, and in the 88th year of the Commonwealth. John Letcher. By the Governor: George W. Munford, Sec'y of the Commonwealth.
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