The war — Supplies.
The recent appeal put forth by the President
to the people of the Confederate States
, ought to excite a patriotic resolution in every locality to give every exertion possible to the sustenance of the army and support of our national cause.
It is indeed time that the people should arouse themselves to the necessity of standing by the country in this hour of difficulty and danger.
It is time to sink individualities and make everything secondary and subsidiary to the common cause.
The rage for speculation and the greedy passion for acquisition have not only wrought the most demoralizing affects throughout the country, but have increased the embarrassments and difficulties in the way of the Government
, in its exertions to support the army and administer its affairs at home.
Indeed the Government
, through the tricks, stratagems and brands of speculators and extortioners, finds itself besieged by an enemy at home more threatening and harder to check than the invading armies of the Yankees
The question for the people to consider is, shall they look on and make no effort to aid the Government
in its struggle with the depraved and heartless enemy at home?
Of what value to them will be all they have without independence?
Even were the Yankees
to leave them their property, it could afford to any but the most sordid no remuneration, no solace, for their surrender of liberty and their deep humiliation.
But the Yankees
would not even allow them their property.
There is no recourse left to any patriot, to any men of proud spirit and honest heart, but to stand by his country and his Government at all hazards.
Duty and honor allow of no alternative, and even sordid selfishness can derive no encouragement from the probable consequences of any but this.
It is the duty of as all to rise to the support of the Government
Every producer should strain his powers to increase his contributions for the support of the army, and every man in every walk in life should honestly and patriotically set his face and his acts against the disastrous schemes of the heartless speculators upon the necessities of the nation.
They are, by their devises, giving to every necessary of life the most extravagant and fabulous prices.
They make the alleged depreciation of the public money the scapegoat for their crimes, which are bringing upon the people and the army serious embarrassments.
In the reckless and ruthless career of these people they shut their eyes to the awful gulf which yawns in their way — the gulf of Repudiation.
As surely as they are not checked in their war on the nation they must reach its waves and their gains be swallowed up by them.
But we trust there is patriotism and wisdom enough, and enough of the self-sacrificing spirit, in the nation to check the war upon the Government
at home, and avert the dreadful disasters which must flow from the uninterrupted course of the plundering system of trade now carried on. The Confederate Government has the most powerful and sure basis of national credit.
No nation on the globe has one equal to it. Nothing but the wildest and most depraved speculation and selfishness at home can impair its credit or embarrass its means of ultimate payment.
If the people will only make the most partial exertions in support of the Government
and to discount penance and check the mad spirit of speculation — if they will only, each man, do a little to second the appeal so frankly and earnestly made by President Davis
, all will go well.
The army will be sustained, and the public credit will be sustained, and so will that cause which is our only hope as a nation of free men.