The treachery in Texas, the secession of Texas, and the arrest of the United States officers and soldiers serving in Texas. Read before the New-York Historical Society, June 25, 1861. By Major J. T. Sprague, U. S. A. Page: 36 of 36
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REBELLION RECORD 7 1860-61.
Their cause, whether real or imaginary, is in their and proclivities, have tendered their resignation.
hearts. Their leaders are honest and sincere in Nine hundred and twenty-seven remain, of wellde,stroying
the Government, and their followers tried loyalty, zeal, and ability, untainted by the
equally so in the full belief, that the policy of the excesses and heresies of the day. "I owe," said
Federal Government is to desolate their homes, the immortal Clay, "supreme allegiance to my
destroy their institutions, and rob them of their country-to my State a subordinate one." How
property by hordes of fanatics coming down upon much greater is the rebuke to the resigned offithem
from the North. cers of our army, when witnessing the position
The proclalnation, recently issued by the com
of the Commander-in-Chief, Lieut.-Gen. Winfield
mainder of their armies, strikingly illustrates the Scott. who, seated in his official chair in the city
delusion of his followers, and the determined ef
of Washington, is now directing the operations
fort to excite evil passions and prejudices among | of two hundred and fifty thousand armed men, in
a class of men who blindly adhere to the in
and out of the field, in the defence of our constijunctions
of amlbitious men. The epithets and tutional rights. Time has furrowed his brow,
accusations they well know to be as false as but his intellect is as firm, well poised, and as
they are un-wolthy of the heads and hearts of bright as in his youth. Separated fiom his nathose
who promulgate them. Well may we ask, tive State, Virginia, which for half a century has
even in this day, were these men once our friends bestowed upon him honors and rewards -torn
and countrymnen ? How much more will the his
from his hearth-stone, around which clustered
torian, in time to come, be struck with sorrow and the warm affections of his youth-he knows no
regret, as he gathers up for posterity the inci
State allegiance, no North, no South, but the
dents and events now passin around us!* Union-that flag under which he has fought from
This political revolution has introduced into the boyhood, and whose Stars and Stripes have been
history of the times ingenious expressions to hide consecrated with his blood.
the more offensive epithet of treason. State In this voluntary uprising of a nation's hosts,
rights, State sovereignty, and secession, have is there no eulogy here to-night for the mothers,
wrecked the fortunes of many men. These hein
wives, and sisters, who have sent forth armedc
ous and artful doctrines, fabricated and cherished men to the field ? It is the mother that plants
in the South for thirty years, have had their in
deep and lasting in the American bosom the germ
fluence upon the officers of the Federal Govern
of liberty. Iow often does manhood turn to the
nent, and induced numbers, born in the South, incidents of youth, when a mother came forth on
to abandon their colors, upon the instigation of festal days, and decked our paper caps with nodtheir
native States. The loyalty of the army as ding plumes of war, buckled to our sides the tiny
well as the navy have been impugned from the sabre; and as we sallied out with the miniature
resignations that have occurred at this critical flag waving over our heads, her heart vibrated
state of public affairs. It is the general impres
with enthusiasm and pride, as she surveyed the
sion that the larger portion of the officers of the long vista of the future, and saw amid contendarmy
have resigned; many believe the most dis
ing factions, in her boy, the patriot, the soldier,
tinguished and talented. 'his is a great error. in his country's cause. The Union of these States,
On the first of January, 1861, the army com
to-day, is stronger than ever. That flag, the meprised
eleven hundred and sixty-seven commis
mories of which are identified with our homes,
sioned officers. Since that period to the present our parents, relatives, and friends, is not to be
time, two hundred and fifty, of Southern birth trailed in the dust, hut will through fire and
B a blood, if necessary, continue to command the
S Beauregard'"Booty and Beauty" Procamation, page respect and admiration of the civilized world.
339Y, Vol. I., REB. liECORD.
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Sprague, John Titcomb. The treachery in Texas, the secession of Texas, and the arrest of the United States officers and soldiers serving in Texas. Read before the New-York Historical Society, June 25, 1861. By Major J. T. Sprague, U. S. A., book, 1862; New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6102/m1/36/: accessed August 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .