she had furnished far more troops to Lincoln than to the cause of Southern independence. They know that we would stake all on either test, and that we would have done so at any time since Mr. Lincoln's inauguration. We would have gone further; we will go further now. We should not, being masters of the position, have denied to those who preferred association with the North liberty of egress from the State with their families and effects and the sale of their lands within a limited time to be established by law.
Such was, in fact, the rule adopted by the President of the Southern Confederacy, and it stands in striking contrast to that cruel tyranny of the Kentucky Legislature and of the Northern dictator, which, after depriving your constituents, who prefer the Southern association of every right they enjoyed at home, arrests them on the highway and hurries them off to a foreign military prison if they attempt to depart from the scene of these outrages.
I have known of this unparalleled meanness and cowardly barbarity practiced upon the men of the Southern-rights party of Kentucky for some months, and have waited and watched to see it bring forth its legitimate results-assassination and incendiarism. I do not hesitate to declare that where such outrages upon everything like liberty are perpetrated the victims are justifiable in resorting to every species of resistance which may afford a means of defense. I would resort to them, and I hope my friends will also. I shall advise them to do so. I shall say to them, either to come from among the Lincolnites in the State, when they desire to do so, or to defend their birthright by every accessible and possible means if they are obstructed. The war will never cease until we have our rights or are buried with all we hold dear beneath the ruins we create in vindicating them.
I am, your obedient servant,
Abstract from field return of the Army of the Mississippi, General G. T. Beauregard commanding, for April 30, 1862.
Present for duty.
Troops. Officers. Men. Effective
Polk's (First) corps 550 7,186 7,759
Bragg's (Second) corps 667 9,539 10,447
Hardee's (Third) corps 567 7,097 7,879
Reserve 347 4,772 5,292
Griffith's brigade 96 1,361 1,415
Hogg's brigade 118 2,055 2,061
Little's brigade 195 2,296 2,361
Whitfield's (Texas) 48 696 713
32nd Mississippi 31 407 407
Cavalry 331 4,672
Artillery 119 2,290
Total 3,069 42,371 45,712
Troops. Aggregate Aggregate
present. present and
Polk's (First) corps 12,006 17,185
Bragg's (Second) corps 17,674 23,100
Hardee's (Third) corps 11,246 15,937
Reserve 7,121 11,731
Griffith's brigade 1,736 2,320
Hogg's brigade 2,408 3,750
Little's brigade 3,010 4,512
Whitfield's (Texas) Legion 960 1,239
32nd Mississippi 488 791
Total 66,903 93,883