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Address of Gen. Loring to the people of Western Virginia.

Major General Loring has issued an address to the people of Western Virginia, calling on them to rally to his standard. He says we do not intend to punish those who remain at home as quiet citizens in obedience to the laws of the land, and that to all such ‘"clemency and amnesty are declared."’ He says:

‘ When the liberal policy of the Confederate Government shall be introduced and made known to the people, who have so long experienced the wanton misrule of the invader, the Commanding General expects the people heartily to sustain it, not only as a duty, but as a deliverance from their taskmasters and usurpers. Indeed, he already recognizes in the cordial welcome which the people everywhere give to the army, a happy indication of their attachment to their true and lawful Government.

Until the proper authorities shall order otherwise, and in the absence of municipal law and its customary ministers, martial law will be administered by the Army and the Provost Marshals. Private rights and property will be respected violence will be repressed, and order promoted; and all the private property used by the Army will be paid for.

The Commanding General appeals to all good citizens to aid him in these objects, and to all able-bodied men to join his army to defend the sanctities of religion and virtue, home, territory, honor, and law, which are invaded and violated by an unscrupulous enemy, whom an indignant and united people are now about to chastise on his own soil.

The Government expects an immediate and enthusiastic response to this call. Your country has been reclaimed for you from the enemy by soldiers, many of whom are from distant parts of the State and the Confederacy; and you will prove, unworthy to possess so beautiful and fruitful a land if you do not now rise to retain and defend it. The ... void. They are immoral attempts to restrain you from your duty to your State and Government.-- They do not exempt you from the obligation to support your Government and to serve in the army; and if such persons are taken as prisoners ...

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