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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

April 07, 1864

Gordon Brigade Expressed Confidence in Confederate Administration

The Richmond Times Dispatch printed a report from General John B. Gordon’s brigade with the Army of Northern Virginia; they had met and voted on the following to express their confidence in the Confederate administration.

1. Resolved, That we, the troops of Gordon’s Brigade, yield a warm and hearty support to the Administration of President Davis, believing that his sympathies are with us in our sufferings, his heart and energies in our cause, and that under the guidance of the wisdom of his statesmanship, our armies will yet certainly win a triumphant and glorious peace. 2. Resolved, That we have no sympathy or feeling in common with the designing men of Georgia, or any other State, who from motives of self aggran dizement are making opposition to the General Government and its policy, and seeking to become the champions of State Rights (not endangered) at the hazard of losing the last vestige of every right 3. Resolved, That as Georgians whose fealty to State rights is testified by so many hard fought battles, we feel it equally our right and duty to denounce in Georgians of whatever position, all conduct, official or individual, which has for its tendency the production either of disaffection at home or discouragement in the army; and that those who persist in their efforts, upon abstract questions of constitutional rights, to engender discord and strife, rather than promote that harmony of sentiment and action among the whole people so much desired, are so far from commending themselves to us as patriots, thereby daily becoming the object of our suspicion and just indignation. 4. Resolved, That but little less disreputable and worthy of denunciation is the unpatriotic conduct of the following classes: 1st. Of those able bodied Georgians who, instead of entering the ranks of their country’s defenders, have taken refuge under the wing of State Executive protection, as State militia officers. 2d. Of those able-bodied, kid gloved gentry, who, by virtue of means inherited, are either dodging behind the property exemption clauses of Congress or perverting the honest earnings of their forefathers to the villainous purpose of bribing Medical Examining Boards and Enrolling officers. 3d. Of those agents of despondency, familiarly known as croakers, whose magnifying optics covert every little reverse into ignominious defeat and utter ruin. 4th. Of that large class of speculators and extortioners whose worship at the shrine of Mammon has done more to produce the present financial difficulty than all causes combined, and who should long since have received Christ’s treatment of the money changers of Jerusalem, and been kicked out of the country. 5. Resolved, That we hereby call upon our friends at home to yield neither to the seductive influences of the demagogues nor to the persuasions of the faint-hearted, but to stamp with the ban of their disapprobation and contempt everything tending to obstruct and retard the cause of our national independence. 6. Resolved, That we reaffirm our confidence in, and admiration for, our great and good chieftain, Gen. Robert E. Lee, and that under his leadership we will go, confident of victory, whenever and wherever he directs. 7. Resolved, That while the privations and dangers of the army have no charms for us, we will cheerfully submit to them, even unto death, for the sake of our nationality and independence, and that we will never lay down our arms until they are obtained.