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We may be compelled to contract our lines, yet there was nothing discouraging in that, for was not our army in the days of the Revolution driven from place to place, and did they not, eventually, ragged and barefooted as they were, compel their enemies to give them peace and independence? He pointed to the example of General Washington, that brave and good man, who, when asked where he would go if driven out of Pennsylvania, replied that he would plant his banners upon the mountains of West Augusta and defy the united armies of the world. The North went to war upon the abolishment of slavery; we for the maintenance of our rights; the North for conquests, we for existence. He referred to the atrocities of the Yankees as unheard of in history; they had burnt our houses, stripped our fields, outraged our women, and had committed every other barbarism which the ingenuity of demons could invert. Our only alternative was to fight it out, or live slaves. The speaker, in conclusion, sai