Andrew Gordon Magrath Circular Letter [ca. Feb. 1865]
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Circular letter, [ca. February 1865], signed in print by A[ndrew] G[ordon] Magrath is addressed by "The Governor of the State, To the People of South Carolina" and announces: "The invasion of the State has been commenced! our people driven from their homes; their property plundered and destroyed; the torch and the sword displayed, as the fate to which they are destined. The threats of an insolent foe are to be carried into execution, unless that foe is checked and beaten back." | Manuscripts Gifts 2007 | Previous Issues | Endowments | Friends of the Library |
Magrath calls upon the people of South Carolina "to rise up and defend, at once, their own rights and the honor of their State….It is the duty of every man to oppose all the resistance he can to the approach of the enemy. It is the command of the State that he shall do so. The foe now upon the soil of the State is here to kill: let him be killed. The foe now upon the soil of the State is here for rapine and lust: let him meet resistance unto death….You have defied a tyrant: do not apprehend his power. You have dared to do: fear not to die….Once more I say to you, your State is invaded. Once more I call upon you to arm in its defence. All who unite with us are more than brothers; all who desert us are as false as the foes which assail us….Rise, then, with the truth before you, that the cause in which you are to arm is the cause of Justice and of Right! Strike, with the belief strong in your hearts, that the cause of Justice and Right is the cause which a Power superior to the hosts seeking to oppress you will not suffer to be overthrown. And even upon the soil of the State in which this monstrous tyranny was first defied shall it meet the fate it deserves, while imperishable honor will be awarded those who contributed to that great consummation, in which humanity will rejoice."