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WEST VIRGINIA PORTFOLIO
i<fiUE UNION MUST ABD SHALL BE PBESXRViD."?Jackson.
PRINTED BY THE DIVISION OF THE AMERICAN ARMY UNfiKR MAJOR GENERAL PATTERSON.
JMAETINSBUKG, VIRGINIA, JULY 4, 1861.
"THE AMERICAN UNI#."
BY S. V. CO. E. 2d REGX.
Tune?'"Wait for the 'Wagon."
" The Union" ig our watchword whoe'er our
footsteps roam, ,
And with the friends of freedom we aU
Our hearts are with our country, our^yes are
on our flag; .?*
And we will plant it North and South on plain
or mountain crag.
Cjjohcs:?Then wait for the Union,
The proud sailing Union,
The imperishable Union,
And we'll all take a ride.
We've left our home and kindjed, in quest of
Resolved that we will bravely die, or drive them
from our coasts;
Our fathers fought the mother when she raised
din tyrant hand,
And we will whip the brother wljowo'd scouge
our happy land.
Ciiokux ---Then wait fur feV^i'siion, &c.
Our wagons are "sub.it initial," and our houses
large and full,
Wo have pork and beef and crackers, just as
much as they can pull ;
All our men are f'gay and happy'1 while there's
aught of work to do, *
And-when^they get ii.to battle they will "put
?a*the rtbels through."
Cuoiius?Vli^S^'/Stf^far the Union, &c.
Our cause is just and holy, our laws "must be
And in the work of fighting, we cannot be un
God bless our noble army?in them we all
So jnmp into the Union and we'll all take a
Chorus?Then wait for the Union,&c.
Declaration of Independence.
Whejc, in the course of human events, it be
comes necessary for one people to dissolve the
political bands which have connected them
with another, and to assume, among the pow
ers of the earth, the separate and equal station
to which the laws of nature and of nature's God
entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of
mankind requires that they should declare the
causes whieh impel thera to the separation.
We hold these truths to be gelf-evident, that
all men are created equal; that they are en'
(lowed by their creator with certain
rights; that among these, are life, Hie ?.>, and
the pursuit of happiness. That, to secure
these rights,^governments are instituted .mong
men, deriving their ]*?!?'"ftoin :/jj con
sent of ite governed; that, whenever^ iy lorm
"a destructive tff these
ik iff thVright'of the people to aliir or to
abolish it, and to institute a new goveifcrnent,
laying its foundation on'such principles, and
organizing its powers in such form, as to them
shall seem mostlikely to effect their safiitj and
happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that
governments long established, should, not be
changed for light and transient causejj j and,
accordingly, all experience hath shofcn, that
mankind are more disposed to suff&^jrhil#
| evils are sufferable, than to right thema Ives by
abolishing the forms to which they are accus
tomed. But when a long train of abdnet and
usurpations, pursuing invariably the swne ob
ject, evinces a design to reduce them uikier ab
solute despotism, it is their right, it ii their
duty, to throw off such government, and to
provide now guards for their future security.?
Such has been the patient sufferance of these
colonics, wnd such is now the necos**?- which
constrains them to alter their former systems
of government. The history of the present
king of Great Britain is a history of repeated
injuries and usurpations, all having, in direct
object, the establishment of an absolute tyranny
over these States. To prove this, let facts be
submitted to a candid world :
He has refused his asseut to laws the most
wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass
laws of immediate and and pressing impor
tance, unless suspended in their operation till
his assent should bo obtained ; and, when so
suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend
. He lias refused to pass other laws for th?
dqftommodaton of large districts of people,
unless those people would relinquish the
right of representation in the legislature ;
aright inestimable to them, and formidable
to tyrants only.
He has called together leigslativc bodies
at places unusual, uncomfortable, and dis
tant from t>he depository of their public
records, for the sole purpose of forcing
them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved representative houses
repeatedly, for opposing, with manly firm
ness, hi3 invasions oa the rights of the
He has refused, for a long time after
such dissolutions, to cause others to be
elcctcd; whereby tfao legislative powers,
incapable of annihilation,' hate returned to
the people at large for their exercise; the
State remaining in the meantime, exposed"
to all the danger of invasion from without,
and convulsions within.
He has endeavored to prevent the popu
lation of these States; for that purpose,
obstructing the laws for the naturalization
of foreigners; refusing to pass others to
encourage their migration hither, and
raising tho conditions of new,, appropria
tions of lands.
He has obstructed the administration of
justice, by refusing his assent to laws for
establishing judiciafy powers.
Ho has made judges dependent on his
will alone, for the tenure of their ofioes, and
the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of new of
fices, and sent hither swarms of offioers to
harrass our people, "and eat out their
He has kept among us, ia times of
peace, standing armies, without the consent
of our legislature.
He has affected to render the military
independent of, and superior to, the civil
He has combined, with others, to sub
ject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our con
stitution, and unacknowledged by our
laws, giving his assont to their acts of pre
tended legislation ;
For quartering large bodies of armed
troops among us :
For protecting them, by a mock trial,
from punishment, for any murders whioh
they should commit on the inhabitants of
For cutting off eur trade with all parts
of the world ;
^For imposing taxes on us without our
For depriving us, in many cases, of the
benefits of trial by jury:
For transporting us beyond seas to be
tried for pretended offences:
For abolishing the free system of En
glish laws in a neighboring province, es
tablishing therein an arbitrary government,
and enlarging its boundaries, so as to ren
der it at once an example and fit instru
ment for intrducing the same absolute rule
into these colonies:
For taking away our charters, abolishing
out most yaluabla laws, tod altering, fan*