Murrah to "My Countrymen," April 27, 1865

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Recall the convictions upon which


you entered this contest. Fight for


them and die for them. When a


nation forgets the principles which led


her into revolution she ceases to be the


same nation. Turn your gaze once


more on the Constitution of your country --


state and Confederate -- and the laws


made in pursuance thereof. Enforce


obedience to the laws of the land, so


that private property may be respected,


good order preserved, and


threatening anarchy averted.

The army


should be recruited by every man capable


of bearing arms, whose services can


be spared from manufacturing and


agricultural employment.

The labor necessary to feed and


clothe the army and the country, our


soldiers, their wives and children should


be set apart, and sacredly devoted


to that purpose.

Let every man resolve to do his whole duty, and


renewing his vows of fidelity to the cause of his country,


he will draw fresh inspiration from the urgency of


the occasion. I tell you frankly that every man has


a personal and individual interest in this struggle. Be not cajoled


or deceived my countrymen by false hopes and fair promises.


Look at the bloody and desolate tracks of the invader through


Georgia and South Carolina and see the fate that awaits


you. Cities sacked and in ruins, the country swept by the [?]


of destruction, thriving villages and once happy homes reduced


to ashes, their helpless inmates stripped of their

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Murrah to "My Countrymen," April 27, 1865, Records of Pendleton Murrah, Texas Office of the Governor, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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