"United States," The American Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1866 (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1873), 759-760.
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Whereas, a convention of the Union Soldiers and Sailors, now in session in the city of Cleveland, Ohio, having under consideration the best mode in which to restore the Union of these States, and to cement that bond of fraternal friendship so sundered by the late war; and
Whereas, we, the soldiers of the late army of the Confederate States, feeling and being in sympathy with the movement of our late adversaries to restore our country to its former state of peace, happiness, and prosperity; and
Whereas, we believe that our stern advocacy of the principles for which we conscientiously struggled during a period of four years will be rather a recommendation of our sincerity and honorable purposes to the brave soldiers of the Union; therefore.
Resolved, That we have seen with pleasure the movements made by the soldiers and sailors of the Union, for the preservation of which they have so long fought; and that we have no fears that wrong or injustice will be done to us by those we have learned on the battle-field to respect as “foemen worthy of our steel."
Resolved, That we tender to them a soldier's pledge of our fidelity to the Government, of our assistance in the maintenance of law and order, and our earnest desire for the return of that day when the American people can say with truth they "know no North, no South, no East, and no West."
Resolved, That the charge that the life, liberty, or property of Northern men is unsafe or unprotected in the South is a slander which could only have emanated from the cowardly fears of "fireside heroes," or from the corrupt machinations of reckless officeholders, grown desperate at the approach of retributive justice, and the loss of power and place.