timent of duty to our whole country; of devotion to its Union; of allegiance to its Rulers; of loyalty to its Constitution ; and of undying love to that old Flag of our Fathers, which was associated with the earliest achievement of our Liberty, and which we are resolved shall be associated with its latest defence.
It is nothing more, and nothing less, than a determination that neither fraud nor force, neither secret conspiracy nor open rebellion, shall supplant that flag on the dome of our Capitol, or permanently humble it anywhere beneath the sun; that the American Union shall not be rent asunder without those who may attempt it being caught in the cleft;--nor these cherished institutions of ours be cast down and trampled in the dust — until, at least, we have made the best, the bravest, the most strenuous struggle to save them, which the blessing of Heaven upon our own strong arms, and in answer to the prayers of a Nation on its knees.
shall have enabled us to make.
ntry's cause, and that of liberty.
And we bring you now, and here, on this dividing-line between loyalty and treason, the flag of our common country — the flag of the forever-United States.
Soldiers! thus far your acts are matters of history, and noble acts.
But we come to give expression to the feelings of pride which we feel as Massachusetts men, at the universal praise accorded, by all the citizens of Washington, for your gentlemanly bearing and noble conduct while quartered in the capitol.
Not a single complaint has been made by any citizen of Washington, friend or foe, of any uncivil conduct by any Massachusetts volunteer.
Bearing this high reputation, you now advance, not as a conquering army to subjugate and enslave, but as the advance guard of the grand liberating army of deliverance, bearing the stars of hope to the oppressed lovers of liberty in the South, and the stripes of justice for all their traitorous oppressors. For bear in mind, that, though you will contend
d the Sea Bird, the flag-ship of Commodore Lynch, and the others whose names I could not distinguish at the time.
All acted nobly.
All fought like veterans and heroes, as they are. As the boats neared the barges, the officers, amid a perfect shower of shot and shell, came out on the decks, and, swinging their hats, gave hearty cheers of encouragement to the soldiers.
I do not remember a moment in the history of the Confederacy — not even when the stars and bars were first hauled upon the capitol at Montgomery amid the enthusiastic shouts of an earnest people, when my heart has so swelled with emotion, and when I have been so willing to sacrifice my life, my all, in the defence of the right and my country.
Finding it impossible to proceed further, Col. Anderson ordered the boats to return to the upper end of the island, in order to effect a landing there.
Covered by the gunboats, the barges retreated and were soon out of reach of the fire.
Running as near in shore as possible,