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Washington County editorial on war, July 1814

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Maryland Herald and Hagerstown Weekly Advertiser


People of America,

Prepare to meet your ancient, your cruel and insolent enemy—-The downfall of Napoleon has placed at the service of England a large naval and military force—a part of which has already arrived in our neighbourhood, and thousands more are on the way to our coasts.       

Are we ready to meet the invaders? Has all been done that can or ought to be done? Are our swords sharp and our guns bright, our cannon mounted and ammunition in order? If so, it is well —if not, let no more time be lost —let every man be ready, for we know not what hour the blow may be struck.

Let not the delusive rumours of Peace lull you into a fatal security. Peace, if it comes, will be welcome, but let us not indulge in vain ideas—let us not even think of Peace until it is proclaimed by the public authority.

Tins is no time for idle and useless recriminations of party - all parties are interested in repelling the invaders-—all parties must unite in the defence of our country, or the flag of freedom may fall before the standard of tyranny.       

In our internal affairs, in our local concerns we cannot all agree—it is impossible that we ever should. But whether Republican or Federalist, every man owes a duty to his government and country with which no attachment to party ought ever to be suffered to interfere.

Let the hardy sons of freemen then stand forth in the volunteer ranks. Let the wealthy come forward with their money to raise a fund to render the service more comfortable, and to provide for those families who may suffer privations in the absence of their protectors.

Shall Washington county be the last to step forward, shall a county rich in resources, blessed with Heavens best gifts be backward in matching to the field? No—She will do her duty as she always hitherto has done— She will prove to the world that she is worthy of the immortal name the bears.


July 25th, 1814.


Maryland Herald and Hagerstown Weekly Advertiser


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Washington County (Md.), History, War of 1812, Registers; Maryland, Militia

Sharpsburg (Md.), 1813

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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