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|Posted: Wed Jun 17th, 2009 02:37 pm||
Men of the valley.
I am here at the order of General Robert E. Lee, commanding all Virginia forces.
On April of this year of our Lord, ... ...Simon Cameron, the secretary of war of the United States... ...sent a telegram to our governor to raise three regiments of infantry... ...to be sent to assist in suppressing the Southern Confederacy.
Governor Letcher's answer is well known to you, but perhaps not his words.
His wire to Washington stated: "You have chosen to inaugurate civil war. Having done so, we will meet you in a spirit as determined... ...as the Lincoln administration has exhibited toward the South."
Two days later the Virginia legislature were voting for secession.
Just as we would not send any of our soldiers to march in other states... ...and tyrannize other people...
...so will we never allow the armies of others to march into our states... ...and tyrannize our people.
Like many of you, indeed most of you, I've always been a Union man.
It is not with joy or with a light heart that many have welcomed secession.
Had our neighbors to the North practiced a less bellicose form of persuasion... ...this day might not have come.
But that day has been thrust upon us... ...like it was thrust upon our ancestors.
The Lincoln administration required us to raise three regiments.
Tell them we have done so.
Last edited on Fri Jun 19th, 2009 11:20 pm by borderuffian