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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