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It cannot be denied that the people of Virginia have proved themselves in this war worthy of their ancestral fame.--For nearly four years the flames of war have raged with unintermitted violence upon their soil, and during all that time they have stood erect, with the courage of heroes and the fortitude of martyrs, Entering reluctantly upon the contest, they never wavered when the sword at last was drawn, but have submitted with uncomplaining and gallant hearts to sacrifices and afflictions such as have rarely visited the sons of men. We claim no pre-eminence for them in this respect over their other brethren of the Confederacy; but Virginia has been made the great battle-ground of the war, and whilst it does not become her sons to boast, it is right and proper that their conduct should receive the tribute it deserves. The people of the Confederacy at large have no reason to blush for the manner in which they have passed through the severest ordeal to which nations can be subjected. Their blood and treasure have been poured out like water. They have answered all demands upon them with inexhaustible patience and self-denial. If ever a people deserved success, they have deserved it.
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