The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 14, July 1910 - April, 1911 Page: 145
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The Last Hope of the Confederacy.
Hospital Stores, for Wagons and Ambulances, for Rail-road and
Steamboat Transportation, for military equipments, for ordnance
and ordnance stores, for ammunition and arms of all kinds, for
Ship-building, for Coal and iron, and all the other means and
appliances and requirements of a service that, in itself, has gen-
erated with them new and abundant fields of industrial application
and profit, in the place of the old channels of occupation and in-
vestment subverted by the Civil disturbance in the Country. Their
wharfs are still loaded with goods and luxuries drawn from every
clime-linnens and silks and broadcloths taking the place of cotton
drills and muslins;--and from the Ball Room to the Dining Room
still issue the sounds of fulness and of Joy, as of yore. Why should
this not be so, when the thunder of battle that has swept through
the Confederacy, decimating our People, devastating our Estates,
and crimsoning our land with blood; has never struck its wild
alarum in their ears, save for an instant on the borders of Penn-
sylvania, and they only know by telegrahpic dispatches and official
reports on paper that battles have been fought? No greater mis-
take is made by the South than the Supposition that the North is
hopelessly suffering from the War, save that other mistake in which
we indulge leading to the idea that the War can be made to cease,
by our own exertions, without the sacrifice of either Party. It is
a war of Annihilation to the one, or to the other, at least in the
estimation of the North. The South must be subjugated, or the
North must perish, is the only view entertained by the North. To
this complexion the issue has come, and to substantiate the South
and overthrow the North foreign alliances should be successfully
In the hope of the speedy accomplishment of these ends I have
ventured to address you, Gentlemen; and you will pardon me if I
do not condescend to notice the idle rumours afloat as to the object
of my visit to Texas. They are alike unworthy of myself, of your
attention, and of the sources from whence they emanate. I have
approached you unreservedly, and having now performed a duty
residing in my Conscience, I shall silently leave the rest to God
and the Country.
Believe me to be
With the profoundest respect and consideration,
Your friend and Servant,
October 27, 1863.
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