Murrah to "My Countrymen," April 27, 1865

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of those resources and to rendering them available

for our defence.

There are critical conjunctures in the history of all

great nations when the people must rise into

the heroism or sink into servile insignificance

and national degradation.

Such a crisis is now upon us.

With this issue presented, involving all other issues

can there be a citizen of Texas in whose bosom there

burns a spark of the spirit of manhood who

will hesitate for an instant.

"Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God"

Bow then with humility to the Ruler

on high and strike to the tyrant's heart.

I conjure you, my countrymen by all the proud

memories of the past, by the unforgotten glories

of San Jacinto and the Alamo, by the fresh

laurels your valor has plucked from bloody fields

stretching from the Potomac to the Rio Grande,

by your love for your wives and little ones,

your mothers and your sisters, by all your

future hopes, and your faith in heaven

to stand fast and firm in your colors

and your country.

They lie, who say our cause is hopeless,

unless all history is false and its philosophy

fabulous we cannot be conquered if we

remain united and true to ourselves

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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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