Friday, July 12, 2013

"Let all those who have arms bring them..."

"...The privilege of the writ of habeus corpus was, centuries ago, extorted from a British King, after a bloody contest. It is prominent among the rights secured to British subjects, by the great charter.--It has been handed down through successive generations as a precious inheritance. No British sevreign has for yean attempted to invade it. A bare attempt to invade it would doubtless cost the British Queen her crown, perhaps her life. Our fathers--the patriots of the Revolution--so prized that sacred heritage, that with jealous care they made it ! a special object of constitutional protection. They gave to Congress, alone, the power to suspend it; and lest, in some hour of excitement or necessity, Congress might not guard with watchful care this dearly prized right of American citizens, they limited the power of Congress In regard to it, to certain specified eases. Yet Mr. Lincoln, without any regard to Congress or the temptations of the Constitution, usurps that great power to himself, and even delegates it to his
subordinate military officers, to be exercised by them according to their discretion, or according to their prejudices.

   He has abridged "the freedom of speech and of the press" "the right of the people to keep and bear arms." He has "quartered soldiers in the houses of Citizens without the consent of the owners." He has violated "the right of the people to be secure In their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures." He has, upon mere suspicion, and without warrant or accusation, arrested peaceable and unoffending citizens, engaged in their ordinary daily business, and, hurrying them off to a distant State, has them confined in a dungeon, excluding all communication with friends or consultation with counsel; and refusing, though called on, to inform his own submissive Congress where they are or what is the cause ot their imprisonment. I will not further enumerate or classify his usurpations. But, I ask, what power does he desire, that he does not instantly assume? What clause of the Constitution is so sacred as not to be profaned by him? What right of the citizen is he restrained from violating? . . . "

"...Volunteers for the war are greatly preferred, but will be accepted for the term of twelve months.
   It is earnestly urged upon all who may be able to do so to supply themselves with the most effective arms the country affords such as the Tennessee rifle, the double and single-barrel shot gun. These arms will be replaced by furnishing the troops with the regular army gun at the arliest practicable period...." [Proclamation. Isham G. Harris, Governor of the State of Tennessee.]

"...A proclamation of Gen. McCulloch, dated Headquarters, Camp Jackson, Sept. 25, says: "Kansas Lane and Montgomery have defeated a Missouri regiment, under Col. Hunter, and have burned Osceola. I need three regiments of infantry immediately. I will accept them for twelve months. Let all those who have arms bring them, as the arms turned over by the State may fall into the hands of those nearest to them. Let those who wish to serve their State rally to her defence at once.
(Signed) BEN. McCULLOCH,
            Brig. Gen. Commanding.

- Clarksville Chronicle, Clarksville, TENN. Friday, October 04, 1861. Volume 12. Number 44. Pg. 1.

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