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Spirit of our soldiers.

At a meeting of the Twenty-sixth Virginia cavalry, held this day, the following resolutions were unanimously adopted:

Whereas, Abraham Lincoln, representative of the United States Government, regardless of the commonest dictates of humanity in the late interview with our commissioners, has indicated a fixed purpose and design to place in bondage the free and sovereign States of this Confederacy, and thereby reduce to absolute vassalage the citizens of the same; and whereas, he predicts his ability to carry out his fiendish purposes upon the presumed discontent in our army; therefore be it

  1. 1. "Resolved, That we, the Twenty-sixth regiment Virginia cavalry, Jackson's brigade, send greeting to our comrades in arms throughout the Confederacy our firm and inflexible determination to accept the gage of battle tendered by the Northern hirelings, and, with a firm reliance upon Almighty God, never, never to lay down our arms until we have secured the priceless boon of liberty.
  2. 2. "Resolved, That, amidst the trials and privations of army life, we are cheered by the prayers and smiles of the matrons and daughters of the South, and we pledge our every energy to protect them from the foul invader.
  3. 3. "Resolved, That we look down with utter scorn and contempt upon the subjugated speculator and extortioner, and we call upon our companions-in-arms, as well as the patriotic citizens, to brand them as enemies, to be remembered by all in the same list with the hated foe.
  4. 4. "Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be sent to Hon. Allen T. Caperton, Confederate States Senate; Hon. Robert Johnson, Confederate States House of Representatives, and Hugh Sheffey, Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, with a request that they be read before their respective Houses; and that the Richmond and Lynchburg papers be requested to publish them as an expression of our sentiments."
Lieutenant-Colonel H. D. Ruffner,
Major J. G. Gittings, Secretary.
Camp Twenty-sixth regiment Virginia cavalry, Jackson's brigade, February 14, 1865.

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