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The words of General Lee, upon assuming command-in-chief of the armies of the Confederate States, are worthy the man and the occasion. We especially call the attention of the people to this sentence: ‘"I rely, for success, upon the courage and fortitude of the army, sustained by the patriotism and firmness of the people, confident that their united efforts, under the blessing of Heaven, will secure peace and independence."’ We advise the weak-kneed in the Confederacy, if such remain, to cut that out, and read it over whenever they have an attack of the ague. The man who speaks these words is no politician, no braggart, no ignoramus, but a patriot beyond the reach of suspicion; a General who knows all our own resources, and those of the enemy; a Christian gentleman, whose veneration of truth and honor has passed into a proverb, and whose known humanity and benevolence of character would shudder at the thought of inciting his countrymen to persevere in an unnecessary and hopeless war. General Lee declares his belief that, with the blessing of Heaven, we shall have Peace and Independence, but this is the reliance, --"the courage and fortitude of the army, sustained by the patriotism and firmness of the people."No one doubts the "courage and fortitude" of those men who, for four long years, have been confronting danger, death and every human privation. General Lee may rely upon them while one of their honest hearts continues to beat. Will not "the people" show equal "patriotism and firmness" with their defenders? Will they desert the men who have so long stood between them and ruin like a wall of fire? Lincoln has appeared in person on the scene to show the most timed and ignoble that there is no way of earthly salvation left open to them but through the gate of War. No exhortations are now needed to loyalty and courage. But we may be permitted to remind every citizen that he has a duty to perform not less important than that of bearing arms. If he is not required to shoulder his musket, he is under solemn obligations to give his whole moral weight and such material aid as he can render to the cause of the country. If he is not required to fight, he can at least encourage, by his hopeful and lofty bearing, those who do; he can refrain from croaking and a long face; he can speak words of cheer and hope, and resolution. The soldiers will do their duty if the people will do theirs. The requirements of that Patriotism of the People upon which General Lee relies demand that croaking should cease, that speculation should come to an end, that there should be no more discord between those who are embarked in a common vessel and have a common destiny, that Congress should place at General Lee's disposal the means he requires.--If this is done, the day is not distant when a brighter sky will dawn upon the long night through which we have struggled, and the Sun of Peace and Incidence emerge at last from the horizon.--General Lee only says, what the military organ of the United States has conceded, that the moral strength of the Confederacy is a Gibraltar of security. Faith, Hope and Charity, the great graces of Christianity, are as essential to our national as to our spiritual salvation.
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