Meeting of the Thirty-first Virginia regiment, of Pegram's Brigade.
Immediately after dress parade, on February 1st, 1865, a meeting was organized in the Thirty-first Virginia regiment by calling Captain N. Gl
ærson to the chair, and appointing Dr. S. Buttermore
Major H. P. Cooper
explained the object of the meeting, and offered the following preamble and resolutions, which were unanimously adopted:
"Whereas, it is the duty, as it is the privilege of freemen to express their sentiments upon all subjects affecting the public weal, we, the officers and men of the Thirty-first Virginia regiment, do therefore.
That we have entire confidence in the President
, the members of his Cabinet, both Houses of Congress, and our commanding officers.
That we denounce all fault-finding croakers as enemies of their country — detest their pretended sympathy, and decline their friendship.
That we pity our weak-kneed, desponding brethren, both citizens and soldiers, (if there are any such soldiers,) and say unto them: 'Be of good cheer'; do but half your duty to your God, your country and yourselves, and all will be well.
That we took up arms to achieve our independence, and that four years of hardships and privations, as well as the blood of our slaughtered comrades, demand that we shall lay them down only
when that purpose is accomplished.
That the Richmond papers be requested to publish the proceedings of this meeting."
After which the meeting adjourned.