Week of Oct 9 1861, Rally, Patriots, Rally
Rally Patriots Rally!
Charles Welsh, of Martinsburg, P J. Mayberry of Hagerstown, and F. H. Irwin, of Boonsboro', have, as we are authorised to state, commenced recruiting for the purpose of raising the first Infantry Company for the fourth Maryland Regiment of the Home Brigade. All persons who join this company will be subsisted from the time they are sworn in, and as soon as the number sworn in reaches forty-two, they will be mustered into the service and receive pay from that date at the rate of $13 per month, and $3 50 per month for clothing in addition, and also rations, together with a $100 in cash on their discharge from service, and bounty land. The recruiting headquarters are at the Fair Grounds near Hagers-town. Every loyal citizen, independent of his patriotic duty, will find a very strong inducement to respond to the urgency of this call in the very liberal pay of the Government for his services, which will be rendered more immediately for his own benefit and safety than for the benefit of the country. We may be left at any moment without military protection against the depredations of our rebel enemy unless we enroll ourselves at once in the Potomac Home Guard, The labors of the field are over, and there are now hundreds of stout, able-bodied young men, who could be spared by our farmers for the defence of the country.
The Frederick Union well says, "there is no class of persons so deeply interested in the perservation of the Union and the restoration of Law and Order in our land, as the farming community, and yet many of them seem to be totally indifferent to the great issues now convulsing the nation. They know that if the Rebellion succeeds their sufferings will be greater, and their losses heavier than any other class-—and they admit that they cannot be prosperous or happy until civil war shall be driven from our midst, and yet many of them having robust and athletic sons, each of whom might do his country good service, keep them lying about at home doing nothing and eating their speck and hominy rather than send them forth to battle in the most righteous cause that steel and muscle was ever engaged in. Such conduct on the part of those most deeply interested, has a discouraging effect upon others who would otherwise have entered the army. Give up your sons freely for the great cause in which we are engaged, and bid them fight valiantly for the land of Washington and all the rights which we most dearly prize. Young men, now is the time to respond to your country's call—now is the time to earn distinction and honor, e'en at the cannon's mouth. Forward Men—Forward—your Country calls."
Herald of Freedom & Torch Light
Washington County Free Library
Hagerstown (Md.), Newspapers; Maryland, History, Civil War, 1861-1865
Washington County (Md.), 1861-1865