[from the Macon (Ga.) Telegraph.]
Appeal to the Planters.
The following eloquent appeal to our Planters, from a gallant and patriotic soldier, came to hand yesterday morning.
Reed it, Planters of Georgia
, and resolve that while others perit their lives, you will not be tardy to stake your fortunes for your country :
Cant lee, Tanner's Creek Cross Roads,
--I have read with deep interest the appeal made by your self and Hon. T. R. R. Cobb
, ‘"to the Piaters of Georgia
,"’ in which you call upon them to subscribe a portion of their next crop in advance, and receive for the proceeds of its sale bonds of the Confederate States
, running at twenty years, and bearing eight per cent. interest.
of the Confederate States
, you have made this call upon the Planters of our State to sustain the credit of the Government
, and to provide means for the defence of our soil, our liberty, our families and our religion.
I have also read the Act of Congress authorizing the Treasurer
to borrow this loan from the Planters of the country, that the Covernment may be provided with the means of defending everything we hold dear in the war which an abolition Government is waging against us.
I beg leave to express my humble approval of this highly judicious Act of Congress, and to commend with all my heart your appeal to the patriotic Planters of Georgia
--some of whose sons, as well as your own, are now in the ranks of my company, and ready to peril their lives for the defence of the South
I shall never forget, sir, the promptness with which your sons enlisted as privates in the ranks to serve their country, nor the readiness with which you prepared them for the war. I trust that the Planters will respond promptly and liberally to your call for a loan to their Government, and more especially because the war waged against us is one of abilition and annihilation.
Our enemies no longer disguise or attempt to conceal the objects of this unrighteous war upon the South
They avow their purpose to subjugate us and force us back into the Union
They propose first to conquer and then to plunder us.
Those who are distant from the seat of war and are pursuing their accustomed avocations in peace and safety, may not appreciate the stern necessity of aiding by all the means in their power, to provide for the common defence of our land and negroes, our liberty and religion; but those of us who are near the enemy and know the common danger, would unite our voice with yours, and call upon every patriotic planter of Georgia
to make their sons soldiers, and make their first crop provide the sinews of war. The cotton, rice, wheat, corn, sugar and tobacco of the South
, must be the substantial basis upon which our Government credit shall be sustained, and our defence made sure.
The war is upon us. The enemy is already upon the soil of the South
They have taken armed possession of Maryland
, and they have invaded Virginia
While I write, there are thousands of abolition troops in Alexandria
, and thousands more upon James river
, near Fortress Monroe
And still thousands more will come to profane with their nuhallowed feet the land which gave birth to Washington
will soon have seventy-five thousand armed men in the field with the avowed purpose of subjugating the South
They have a vast amount of capital; they have a regular army and navy; they have a supply of the best arms; they have a large volunteer force composed chiefly of abolitionists, foreigners, paupers, laborers out of employment, adventurers, thieves, adulterers and murderers; they have blockaded several of our seaports; they are using every effort to destroy our commerce; they are plundering Southern men of their property, both upon land and sea; they have impressed slaves and compelled them to work upon their fortifications; they have taken cattle from planters and goods from merchants; they have hung and murdered our citizens; and at Alexandria
some of these miscreants have insulted and abused Southern women.
And now they threaten to take Norfolk
, Harper's Ferry
Their military leaders propose to ‘"crush out the Southern
rebilion."’ They call us ‘"rebels and trattors,"’ and they are on the march to panish us. They proclaim that Virginia
is to be whipped back into the Union
, and that the other seceded States, after becoming impovers ished by blockade, are to be subjugated by force of arms.
‘"Then,"’ they say, that ‘"abelition of slavery shall follow."’
What will the planters of the South
say, and what will they do to aid the Government
in driving back the foe from his fell purposes!
We are here at this advanced post, where we can hear the sound of the enemy's morning and evening gun. The Second Independent Battalion of Georgia Volunteers were the first troops sent from the Confederate States
, to aid in her defence.--We are in a few miles of Fortress Monroe
We have marched through rain at night, and slept on the ground in the rain until morning.
At Sewell's Point
, when the enemy was expected to land, a detachment of our Battalion gallantly repulsed an attack made upon the battery at that point by the United States
ship ‘"Star."’ Young men of Georgia
fired the first gun and won the first victory in Virginia
The City Light Guards, of Columbus
, under Capt. P. H. Colquitt
, detached from our Battalion, achieved that victory.
We are willing, if need be, to sacrifice our lives for the country.
We may be soon called to do it. If so, we shall be found fighting the fee on the border.
We intend to fight him if he shows his face to us. And while we are here lending our lives, who among our fellow-citizens at home will refuse to lend a portion of his crop for the defence of the South
If there be one, let us not hear his name — while we are hearing the enemy's guns.
But the President
and Government of the Confederate States
have come to Virginia
, Jefferson Davis
, is in Richmond
, to take command in person of our army, and to lead them against our Northern foes.
Congress will assemble in that city.
Our Government and our army will be located in Virginia
, and this State will be the battle ground between the North
and the South
Here the battle will be fought which must decide the issue between us. The forces on both sides are rapidly increasing.
The gallant sons of the South
are gathering to defend her liberty, her institutions, her honor, and her very existence as a nation.
But the sinews of war must be provided for this defence.
Our Government must have money to clothe, feed and arm her soldiery.
A wise plan has been enacted to obtain it.
We call upon our fellow-citizens and friends to subscribe liberally of their next crop, to sustain the credit of our Government and afford the means for moving our army most promptly to victory.
If ‘"Cotton is King
,"’ let cotton come to the breach.
has the honor of having offered to the Government
the largest number of volunteers of any of the original seven States, and of having the largest number now in the fleld — let the Empire State
loan her crops as well as her sons to the Government
Let every Georgian do his duty.
Nothing will tend more to discourage our enemies than for the planters of the South
to subscribs without delay for the support of those who will fight bravely to defend the soll and slaves, the homes and religion of our native land.--If one-half of the next crop beloaned promptly to the Government
, I believe there will be a glorions victory and a speedy peace achieved.
Let cotton conquer peace.