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followed until I heard of the bombardment of Fort Sumpter-until I heard that a league of men, banded together for the express purpose of destroying the best government on God's earth,--had dragged our glorious old banner down into the dust, and trampled it beneath their feet, and finally fired it from a cannon's mouth, in order that no vestige of it might remain.
Then I remembered that my grandsire had fought under that holy banner at Bunker Hill; that he was present on the field, when Molly Pitcher, stripping the uniform from the stiffening limbs of her dying husband, assumed his command, and drove the enemy back.
I also remembered that, in 1812, my father, leaving at home all his loved ones, took the field in defence of the Stars and Stripes.
I have heard my mother say-God bless her!
she is now in heaven — that her husband and six brothers were in the army at the same time.
Now, gentlemen, do not think I will waive any part of the facts in the case.
The son of pious parents,