Murrah to "My Countrymen," April 27, 1865

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Murrah to "My Countrymen," page 4

property turned adrift to beg or starve. This too

not infrequently [?] with such brutality as

the tongue cannot pronounce nor the pen record.

You cannot look for relief to Emancipation

nor to those other weak and wicked delusions, re-

construction, or a foreign protectorate.

The men who would distract and divide you

with such treasonable proposals are unworthy

of your confidence.

Under God we must rely upon

ourselves for deliverance.

"Who would be free"

"Themselves must strike the blow"

Rally around the battle scarred and well known

flag of the Confederacy and uphold your state

government in its purity and integrity.

There is no other hope of safety

for you and yours.

Like the Spaniard

the fleet which invites retreat has been burned.

Like the heroes of San Jacinto the axe has

been laid to the bridge.

Texas so far as depends upon

me shall play a glorious part in this memorable

struggle. While she reserves the right to

protect her dignity, and assert her own

authority she shall place her resources without

stint or limit, in the cause. My whole

energies shall be devoted to the incessant development

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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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