Address of Southern Governors.
The Governors of Louisiana
, and Mississippi
, have issued an address to the people of their States, of which the following is an extract:
We have every assurance that the President
has neither forgotten nor abandoned us, and are well satisfied that in a short time the proper steps will be taken by him for fully protecting the integrity of our soil, where it has not yet been polluted, and in driving the enemy back from our soil, by interposing a stubborn resistance to his further advance at every point.
We have every confidence in the Confederate
authorities we believe that they will fully sustain the credit of the Government
here, and provide empty for our future defence.
But in order that they may be able thus to defend us, it behooves us on to be at work.
Let every fire-arm be repaired, and every gunsmith and worker in iron, and every mischance, be employed in fashioning the material for war. Let beauty sit day by day at the spinning wheel, the loom, and with the needle, never wearying in preparing the necessary articles of enacting for the brave soldiers of our States, who stand between her and infamy and misery, as an impassable bulwark.
Let all the warlike resources of these great States be brought to light.
It is for liberty and life we fight, and a good God has given as in this fair land all the material that brave men tried to defend their homes and their honor.
Let no despair enter any heart.
A bright ray of light comes to us from the direction of the tomb of Washington
Again have our brave sons, on the soil of Virginia
, driven back, and almost destroyed and utterly demoralized the greatest and best army of the North
It will be months before he can recover from the blow; we will have a breathing time again before he makes his next effort.
Let us diligently use the golden opportunity, and prepare by every means in our power for the conflict that is still inevitable.
As to the final result, fellow citizens, judging by the history of the past eighteen months, can you doubt it.
Except on the coast and on our rivers at points early assailed by gunboats, we have had no cause to complain of the result.
, Oak Hills
; our soldiers have shown on every field a desperate valor that has wrong reluctant plaudits from our hated foes.
Whenever ordered to advance, they have done so regardless of the danger, and at the word of command have crowded the road to death as to a festival.
With such soldiers, and such incentives to action, and with all present causes of complaint in the course of speedy removal, we again say to you be of good cheer.
There is everything to encourage us and you may rest assured that it is our fixed and unalterable purpose to contest every inch of ground with the enemy; and judging you by your past patriotism, we shall most confidently rely on you for your hearty and earnest co-operation.
Be firm, true, hopeful, and resolute, and a just God will help and protect, whilst brave hearts will fight and die for you.
Submission or subjugation places the feet of the oppressor upon your neck, yields up your noble women to Butlers
, and degrades or drives into extent your children.
A people united and determined to be free can fever be conquered remember this; gird on your swords shoulder your rifles, and be ready for the word of command when given by the Government
four choice and affection.