To the people of Missouri
: The forces under my command are your neighbors and friends, and we come at the instance and request of the Governor
of your State as allies to protect you against tyranny and oppression.
As Tennesseeans, we have deeply sympathized with you. When you were called to arms and manifested a determination to resist the usurper who has trampled under his feet the Constitution
of the Government
, and destroyed all the guards so carefully prepared for the protection of the liberties of the people by our fathers, and when you called for help, Tennessee
sends her army, composed of her cherished sons, to your aid. We will help you expel from your borders the population hostile to your rights and institutions, treating all such as enemies if found under arms.
We will protect your people from wrong at the hands of our army, and while we have every reason to believe that no violence will be done to the rights of your true-hearted and loyal people, the General
commanding begs to be informed if any case of wrong should occur.
To the gallant army under his command, who hold in their keeping the honor of Tennessee
, though composed of Tennesseeans, Mississippians and Kentuckians, he appeals as a father to his children, to violate the rights of no peaceable citizens, but to guard the honor of Tennessee
as you would that of an affectionate mother, cherishing you as her sons.
The field for active service is before you. Our stay here will be short.
Our mission is to place our down-trodden sister on her feet, and to enable her to breathe after the heavy tread of the tyrant's foot.
Then, by her own brave sons she will maintain her rights and protect her own fair women from the foe, whose forces march under banners inscribed with “Beauty and booty” as the reward of victory.
In victory, the brave are always merciful, but no quarter will be shown to troops marching under such a banner.
In this view, and for these purposes, we call upon the people of Missouri
to come to our standard, join our forces, and aid in their own liberation.
If you would be freemen, you must fight for your rights.
Bring such arms as you have.
We will furnish ammunition, and lead you on to victory.
That the just Ruler of nations is with us is manifested in the glorious victory with which our arms were crowned in the bloody field of Manassas