Carlisle (PA) American Volunteer, “Every Man To Duty,” July 9, 1863

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    “Every Man To Duty,” Carlisle (PA) American Volunteer, July 9, 1863, p. 2: 7.
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    Carlisle American Volunteer
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    Every Man To Duty
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    Don Sailer, Dickinson College
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    Notwithstanding the humiliation and disgrace our people have suffered from the rebel raid, it may yet, perhaps, in the providence of God, turn out to be a lesson to us that may serve a good purpose. It has convinced us all that we have an immense task before us, and one that must be met, let the sacrifice be what it may. Our army should be increased in numbers at once, and if three millions of men be required to put down the rebellion, in the name of humanity let them be mustered in. The wealth of the entire North should be carefully assessed, and one half of the whole amount placed in the U. S. treasury for the support of the army. – Let bickering cease, let hard names be discarded, and a good feeling encouraged by all. The welfare of our threatened country must now occupy our thoughts and command our efforts. For one we feel like giving up, cheerfully, one half of all we are worth in the world, if by so doing we can save our nation and put down the rebels in arms. It is time to stop boasting about the “loyalty” of this or that man. We must now have something more than empty professions – we must have men and money. Every man who is physically [able?] should rush to arms, and those who cannot bear arms must give of their means. This war can be successfully ended in from three to six months, if all men unite in one grand effort. Men of the North! – be up and doing, or you may find yourselves “subjugated,” instead of the rebels of the South. Up, every man and woman, and swear in your hearts that our cause must triumph, cost what it may. Up, freemen up!

    N.B. – After the above had been put in type we received glorious news from our noble army near Gettysburg, and the future appears full of hope. We believe the rebel army that ventured into our State will be entirely destroyed. If this hope prevails the back-bone of the rebellion is broken, and peace with a whole Union, is not far distant. Still, let us not be over sanguine, but go on vigorously in enlisting men, that we may be ready for any emergency.

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