"To arms, to arms, ye brave!
the patriot sword
March on march on, all hearts resolved on liberty or death!"
Soldiery of the South
are your hearts not quickened by the many urgent and repeated calls from ‘"the children, wives, and grandsires hoary,"’ of the South
We know you must be moved; but so much do we feel for your honor as Southrons and the cause for which you are fighting, that we, two Virginia
girls, would fain put in our little word of entreaty.
We would implore you to decide upon re-enlisting forthwith, and not wait to be placed in the degrading position of militiamen.
Oh! how we do wish our volunteers were as earnest about continuing in the service as the militia are eager for exemption; then, indeed, would we have a glorious army.
Who would not love so have it recorded on the pages of our future history, that the Southern
army was composed of volunteers, who, after one year, enduring unparalleled hardships and perils by sea and land, feared not coming dangers, however alarming, but loving their country better than themselves, re-enlisted to a man?
What a proud heritage to leave to your descendants.
Would you, beloved soldiers, desert our standard in this our hour of extremest need?
Is case preferable to honor?
Surely, you who have tasted the sweets of victory will never consent to resign your places, so faithfully held, to men who were forced
to buckle on the armor.
‘"No, not until my country is freed,"’ I hear each and every one of you cry. Brave-souled men!
True-hearted women will give you many cheering words and heartfelt it blessings.
Will it not nerve you to further exertion to know that while you fight, we pray to the Supreme Ruler
of the Universe to defend you from the aults of your enemies, and to strengthen you when you grow weary and weak?
One more appeal would we make, and that to the Virginia
soldiers our best beloved, our gallansones.
Was there ever a time when the call ‘"to arms!."’ was not responded to by the grand old mother State?
Her prestige must not be dimmed by any act of yours, sons of Virginia
, Let her be now, as she ever has been, first in all great and glorious deeds.
The eyes of the whole civilized world are turned to her in eager expectancy.
To you belongs to make her Give to God your and to your country your energies, and if need be your lives.
Two Virginia Girls.