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Declaration of War.

The Southern Confederacy has picked up the gauntlet that Lincoln has thrown down, and answered his threats with a declaration of war. The war that is forced upon us is a war between the free and independent South and the Black Republican despotism at Washington. The South has exhausted every measure for peace, but she is ready for the solemn alternative. Nothing can be more manly and dignified than both the style and manner of this important State paper.

The South enters upon this warfare with means and resources which render her more than equal to the maintenance of her independence. She stands upon her own ground; she can bring more man and better soldiers upon that ground than her enemies. There can scarcely be less than a hundred thousand men in arms in Virginia alone, ready to defend to the last drop of their blood all that makes life worth having. Tennessee has summoned fifty thousand volunteers, and the gallant population of North Carolina are turning out en masse to the war. The Southern railroads are thronged with troops hurrying to their respective fields of action. The war will be waged upon the water as well as land. Privateers are already preparing for sea, and as many as three thousand applications for letters of marque are before the Montgomery Government. It is possible that the mediation of England and France may be interposed to prevent the gigantic struggle which is at hand, and our position and their own interests undoubtedly give them the right to interpose. The South asks nothing but what is right, and will submit to nothing that is wrong. She intends to defend herself as long as a man lives who deserves to be called a man, and strong in her cause, her courage, and, above all, the guardianship of Heaven, she draws the sword and throws away the scabbard.

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