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M ILL, OF A PEOPLE KESOLVED TO HE Eli EE Id LITTLE LESS THAN OMNIPOTENT.
"THE WILL OFl
WINCHESTER, TENN., APRIL 14, 186H.
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Fast Day in Camp Chase.
Seldom has any defmment more pro
foundly touching met our eyes than
tho following fragment of a. discourse
to our Confederates now captives in
Camp Chase, Ohio. It was brought
to us by an otlicer just returned from
his captivity ; and tho paper on which
it was written was concealed in a cake
of broad. Noble patriotism of our
captive brethren. Tho ardent zeal of
Col. Gillespie, and the insolent inter
ruption of the Yankee officers of the
ri- i'il renin ;i. niet.iire which nianv a
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Confederate will contemplate proudly, tliem tor the service, or gratification, oi
! their enemies. And shall a Conieder
not without tears : o j alo oiiic-r or soldier, whose life belongs
f.v?t DAY DisrouisK, march 2i, 1 8b.. j t0 hi.s country, pledge his allegiance,
j'reaehed by Col. ('. C. (jiUcspie, ol'; under any circumstances or pretexts,
tho -5th Texas Cavalry, b'doro the (,, dK, cause of his country's enemies?
Confederate ('fcers and .soldiers iu ' ijcntleinen, tho loss of honor is a loss
Camp Cha-e, prison No.:; i never fo be remedied. J'erjury is as
lieuthAt'M and Fiiijr.Md.er : Thisjinuch perjury when committed among
fs the day appointed by our honored 1 enemies as among friends. The grand
and pious- President as a day of '-fast-j character of old Jianicl would never
in", humiIiat,ion and prayer' thai the! have been one of themortal landmarks
blessing of Almighty (iod may rest! of the world had he bowed down to
upon our country, and especially upon j the King's idol; nor would thest! old
ohp arms. I have, in the liuno of I .Hebrew's have furnished us with their
lien. Church ill, and of the ofnceiw and
soldiers in this prison, asked the priv
ilege of cbse-rvirg the day in our own
W.IV. i- io.ojnf divine servjee. l.h's
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I hr in 'Mitlif.viHpM nf
this place, for which we are thankful, j not to be contomp'ated without hor
lhou"h it would seem that this is a'.ror.
privilege which could hardly lio denied It scorns to mo that we have tho
We are -coufind within walls, guarded j highest motives and inspirations to
by soldiers on tho ramparts, and our i devoted loyalty to our causo that ever
sentiments, however earnestly express-j existed. A grander cause was never
l. cannot, nosiblv do auy harm to ! vindicated by a grander struggle, nor
i hn : c'liivn of the eiieniv.
I call your attention to tho nrst six
verses of the oae hundred and thirty-
sjventh 1'salm :
"Jjy the rivers of JabylGU, there wo
sat down ; ytja, we wept whoa we re-
inmnhM'il 7!on. Wo huii." our barns
upon tho willows in the midst thereof.
For there they that "carried us away
captive required of us a song ; and they
that wasted us required of us mirth,
saying, "eing us one of tho songs of
Zion." How shall we sing the Lord's
song in a strange land? if J forget
i.hec, O, Jerusalem, let my right hand
forget her cunning; if I do not reioerc
.ter thee, let my tongun cleave to the
roof of my mouth ; it 1 prefer not
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Jerusalom above my cinet joy.
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Gentlemen, tbero is a striking simi -
larity between our present condition
ini tliat OI IIIO OKI ireoiCW pail iui r .
whose beautiful and enthusiastic words!
and sentiments we have just read. We,
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as they were, aro, by the urtune oi
war, under tho providence of Cod,
captives in tho hands of our enemies,
in strange land. Our captivity is even
more rigorous than was their's. They
wcro allowed some personal liberty;
wn ni-A n ,-nvcii none, i ne v, e:
lowed the communion and sympathy
of nature. Nature, our mother, tike
God, our father, is always 'friendly,
every where, in an enemy's land as
well as at home ; and when man
frowns and hates, she smiles and loves.
She is the resource and solaco of the
lonely, the desolate, tho captive and
stranger. Through her mediation we
can liolil torn m u ii ion with tlio trcasar-
fed past, and with distant loved ones
and ;ssociations. J huso old Hebrews
sat down on the banks of liabel'8
streams, under tho shade of tho udia-
ttri iwi mill AM,, rlim llw-
remembered Ziou." Lut we are denied !
lino u'Jiiiriiiiiiiijii vviiii nauur, tAt1; ii
'!.. c.,..i.,ll ti.nf.t ,r cl.-i' ii- .ii.. .,iiMiiit.
Wo, like these ancient patrrots, aro j
far separated from our home and lami- j
lies, and our struggling country. Our
homes are lonely and we are not j
there to cheer them ; our loved ones
are desolate, and in many cases depend
cut and wo are not there to protect
them. Tho tide of war sweeps
through our loved land and wo are
not there to straggle side by bide with
our brave countrymen. We know not
when wo shall be liberated from, our
captivity. Wo are doomed to bear tho
hardest trial of a patriot, soldier im
potent captivity in the time of our
country's extremity. We can feelingly
understand why the old Hebrew pa
triots "wept when they remembered
Hut, gentlemen, there, is another
point of resemblance between us and
the pious old Hebrews: I trust we
imitate and emulate them in tho con
stancy and integrity of our allegiance
to our country and causo. They iteorn
cd to profane their harps and their mu
sical skill, which belonged to their
country, and which were consecrated
to.the divine temple service, by using
beautiful sentiments and example had
they faltered in their allegiance. The
takine- the oath ot allegiance to the
power that seeks to ruin us, by a Con-
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! tivh'iMtt soldier, is in mv ostiinatiou.
i bv irrandcr sacrifices. Our reading of
: past history does not furnish us with
j the I nowledgo of a war in which so
nearly everything valuable, sacred,
dear, "is involved. We are righting for
everything that makes life desirable,
valua!)!e and noble. If wo lose, wo
have, nothiiur left to live for.
Vi c aro fighting lor our honor lor
the honor of one of the most honora
ble and chivalrous races upon earth.
The aim of tho political warfare
waged against us was to destroy our
envied honor, and to disgrace our de
tested dignity. It was to withdraw
from dishonoring associations, and to
preserve our dignity unimpaired, that
we Fought to live to ourselves. And
now derrrfidation is soiio-ht to bo forced
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j upon . us by the sword. And if, by
j possibility, the South should ultimately
oo IUiv;e4 tJ uumuiv) noi iiuuui uwu'"
the hated power opposed to her, she
will be ruined forever. Tho proud and
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ctuvairous ooiuuoru people, snuuiu iu
marrow and backbone of their charac
ter their honor bo destroyed, would
be the most worthless race upon earth.
The highest, when they fall, become
P-iradoxical as it mav seem, wo are
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fighting for puf:e. Although earnest
ly desirir g it, and seeking n, we liave
been donied this legitmate fruit of the
blood of our revolutionary sires for
tho last twcnty-fivP! years. The race
that has troubled arid persecuted
friend and stranger for centuries,
from mere desire of domination ,and
discord, must needs trouble what
they claimed a; their own country
and those .whom they regarded ;is
thcir own countryman. And when
peace in such association became
hopeless, and e sought to go quietly
to ourselves, The intolerable iraienn-
ty was sought to be forced upon
the point of the bayonet' War is bj-
imr wftfed vni'a u3 to f'oreo lis come
back and live with them, and quarrel
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r- o k
with them forever. Could a people.
and the war tir.-y wage, assume more
J here is great w icuc'iness in an
wars, ami the responsibilily for a war
ij mi vv-f ii 1 one: but. we are t L re
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sp"iisible lor tbc present war. H ).n
1,,rrid uihtL us. "t e dedal 0 betot
Heaven and in the lace of mankind,
that we desire only to be let alone,"
in the language of our ruble Presi
dent, is the hentiment of our people,
and their motto in this war, and has
already become historical. We sought
to infringe upon uo right;, to dv-slrov
no interests, to lake no hcs. Tho
guilt of the imtnenso blood-died, and
woe, and waste ot this war, rests upon
other heads than ours.
The character of the war is, with
us, essentially and necessarily rcliji'ins.
Our loyality, like that of these ancient
Hebrew patriots, is, or should be, bot.li
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pious and patriotic. They cling to
the glorioHs memory ot "Jerusalem"
both as their capital ity and tho seat
ol the Temple. Everything dear ami
sacred is religious, and so aro tho ob-
ligations anl duties connected there-
with. Domestic, social and political
U essings, ail uepenu upon ui- sane- .
? r i ;(! u;, oai en-Mi ' After to-day the subscription price
tions ot religion. In its simplest toim, J r 1 ,
the war with us is tor freedom of con - of the l.ulletin wid be fcl bU per month,
science freedom to interpret tho Li- or 4 lor three months, and no sub
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uie una wornnqj viuu ;n.i.oi u.ii- n.-
dictates of our own consciences. On
t fm tviri. uf our enemies. tailiiiL'' to c.nn -
vince us by their clamorous and soph -
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istical lo"ic, they now sec to imco
their opinions upon us.
The war, with us, suould neome
religious, in view of the past wrong, j Jik illcI.eusca ratM 0l
done us, the blood already shed, the , ,
suffering already endured, the hatr,; everything else, and not as great as
ful and tinjust oppression sought, to be j the advance in the charges of cotempo
imposcd upon us, tho un.rovoked rary iapers. which now cost, with but
character of the contest, and the over-if.,w cxceptionS f;,oin .j l0 por
whelmingodds against us. j , , ,M,f.,; t',,. b-..
Aloreover. consider tho . religious
character of the sympathies clustering
around every Confederate officer and
soldier. Daily and nightly, our wiveti, (
mothers, sisters, fathers, children, and
friends lift their pravmg hearts to.
intDus, na i b ,
tho throne ot heavenly grace in otu
behalf. To-day, all over our land,
where the sanctuary has not became
desolate, nor the fires died upon tho
alter, and where the thronging feet of
the peaceful assembly still corno, and
the accustomed voice is still hoard in
the pulpit, how many prayers go up
to God for us!
Can the South bo our home, if it
! should, with ait tneso sacreu manures
of the heart and conscience, become
the prey of tho spoiler? Never will I
live in that glorious land after it shall
have been despoiled and degraded!
(Here the officer ot the guard, on
tho wail interposed land eaid :)
nfv inwif mr it urai wi nrea( n :i
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u,Ana inrinnn. von can sm on . but
if you want to make a war speech,
you had better stop.''
Col. Gillespie replied :
"We have obtained permission to
hold this service in our own way."
Officer of the guard :
"If you will stick to tho book, wo
will hear you ; but wo don't want a
Col. Gillisoi :
'I did not intend it for you."
Officer of the guard :
"You must preach a religious sei
Col. Gillaspio :
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'We will cease u you cocmanu li
but I will not suffer you to dictate
what I shall say."
Gen. Churchill, rising;
"That's riht, Colonel, let us not
go on tinlesa wo are free." And tho
asserably diepersed, ciappmg ana
.1 mi p. man cried ant.
"Hurrah for Jeff Davis!" Tho offi.
cor of tin) guard called oat, -ii.ilt.
that man;" In', lie could nov be d;s-
tinguished in the crowd,
Tho above, of course is a mere
outline ot' the remarks on tin' ocea-
sion, taaen nastiiy irom the uou-i,
The meeting was held in tlie mudy
street, with auards on the wall, ail
p. Mr. W. C. Munsou has lately re
turned from Charleston and brings a
stuck of desirable groceries, and suine
patterns in the dry goods 1
are rea l v handsome. We
peciaHv some Jackonet tho nicest we
ever -eiw and would invite the atten
tion of our ladies to it. -Mr. .Muuson
was in Charleston dm ing the attack
by Lincoln's lleot, sent out fur the
especial purpose of capturing the
" traitorous " city and . which would
have accomplished its abominable mis
sion it it could. Jtr. M. describes the
scene as terribly grand. Old Sumpter
belched forth its volleys and Moultrie
;ull Sullivan chimed in, while seven of
th( c10uiy.s molI.stors u-e,0 aso t!uln.
dering away, and the cease ess roar ot
,nou must have becu Kubhmely
Hut don't forget to give Mr, )linon
a e;ill ,.0.l(1 .l(lvci.'lisomeul
; Increase of Rates.
ci iptioiis taKcn ior a longer penou.
cu uuur.i'J c mi uia uif time
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1 Wn0 luiv0 l'il
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us m advance
; We need hardly make auy cxplan:i
Uou for m01.(;.lSO iu our lenn
reading matter than the ihilletin.
it is almost an imno.-ibilitv to ret
p.qie!. now; cortainly it cannot be had
,uul jnan oI hc ;l,jLiBfc r
tIl0 h:0lUlj lia e Cltll01. BUrij,omi.
cd, or are on the verge of suspension,
because of the scarcity of paper. Many
l1JlVo been kcpL up by tho industry of
tj(J h(Uc8 in prociIviK nv in 0rder
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tU'-ll hon1 l':lP01' goiug. H
not the ladies of this county be as kind
to the Mullotin, and save aud send to
u;saji the linen or cotton rags or strings
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ready a number have sunt us what
rags they had on hand, hut wo want
more, and certainly we offer a fair
- c for
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Pr, it is tho least prica we
topublishitatinthe.se times, and ail
who desire Middle Tennessee to have
' and those in Franklin county
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:ho wish tho latest telegrams and
tlioir count' and town to havo a paper,
will take it as readily at $1 f0 as at
?L In short, if they want it at this
;,-,;,ti,(,VMn 1,:im it iPr.rd.
- not publish it.
57 It may bo that wo shall publish
no paper to morrow, owing to circttm
stances over whieb we. hnve no control.
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'and which wo forbear to mention m
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I It is rumored that General
: Bcfns King will be assigned to the
coraraar.a or ine Y'"'1 "
1 -i iiutiviuj ll' in
on,! t!,.it hirf hcadauai-teis will b
ted m Aldwatuee.