Murrah to "My Countrymen," April 27, 1865

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Murrah to "My Countrymen," page 5

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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