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Written by Eric Rudd   
Monday, 04 February 2013 00:00


No. 33

SOLDIERS, CONQUER YOUR GREAT ENEMY!

BY PROV. W. H. OWEN, OF N.C.

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Gentlemen:--I almost said heroes.  I will call you martial heroes.  I cannot call you all moral heroes for moral heroism implies fortitude and self-denial, and we at home, your fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters and friends, hear with sorrow and dismay that you, our pride, our hope, who at the call of danger to your country, sprang so gallantly to the rescue, freely bared your breasts to the shafts of battle, and in most unequal circumstances repeatedly drove back the countless hordes of our enemies, are many of you, fast yielding to Intemperance, a foe insideious and contagious, by which it is more disgraceful to be conquered than by your Northern enemies, who would rather see you conquered by it than by themselves, since their aim would be answered without exposing themselves to you terrible steel.

Oh, dear countrymen! Whither are you drifting?  For the cause these things ought not to be.  You profess to feel that your cause is noble, just and holy.  A noble cause ought to make noble champions, inspire them with its own nobleness, and raise them to the height of the great argument.  What protector of a noble woman would not feel himself elevated by her confiding pressure upon his arm and her aid-asking eye?  You have such a godless Liberty, leaning upon your strong arm, and turning upon you her imploring eye to save her from pollution.  She should make you lords of the lion heart and eagle eye.  But we hear that some of you are unsteadying your step, relaxing

 


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your discipline, lowering your regal post, and losing your conscious look of independence, and that too in the presence of the enemy, by putting another enemy in your mouth to steal away your brains.

My friends, believe not the selfish logic of drunkards, who want companionship to countenance their excesses, nor the still more selfish persuasions of distillers, who buy up the children’s bread to convert it into adulterated whisky to madden the brains of their fathers and bring them down in shame and sorrow to premature death or decrepitude!  If anything is proven, it is proven by the endurance and almost superfuman victories of the water drinking heroes of antiquity, by philosophy, by logic, by experiment, and the almost uniform testimony of great physicians, that the use of Ardent Spirits is weakening.  Hear what the great and good Dr. Rush, the Father of American Medicine says; 1.  “These liquors were formerly used only as a medicine.”  2.  “Since the introduction of spirituous liquors, physicians have remarked that a number of new diseases have appeared among us.”  3.  “I have only named a few of the principal disorders produced by spirituous liquors.  It would take up a volume to describe how much other disorders natural to the human body are increased and complicated by them.”  4.  “Spirituous liquors destroy more lives than the sword.  War has its intervals of destruction, but spirits operate at all times and seasons upon human life.”  5.  There cannot be a greater error than to suppose that spirituous liquors lessen the effects of cold upon the body.”  7.  “I maintain,


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with equal confidence, that spirituous liquors do not lessen the effects of hard labor upon the body.”  8.  Hear these awful words of doom, “A people corrupted by strong drink cannot long be a free people.”  9.  “I must beg leave to inform them (that is intemperates) that they must leave off suddenly and entirely.  No man was ever gradually reformed from drinking spirits.”  10.  “He (that is the reforming intemperate) must not only avoid tasting, but even smelling them until long habits of abstinence have subdued his affection for them.”  11.  “To prevent his feeling any inconvenience from the sudden loss of their stimulus upon his stomach, he should drink plentifully of camomile or of any other bitter tea.”  These eleven brief sentences, taken from the Dr’s. work published in 1785, very inadequately set forth his appreciation of the evils of Intemperance.

You would not think that I over estimate the degree of public alarm on your account, if you could see, as I see, how the public is stirred on receipt of intelligence that intemperance is fast conquering those who conquered at Bethel, Manassas, Springfield, Carthage, Greenbrier, Belmont, Leesburg and other stricken fields—how Christians of all denominations are forming themselves into union prayer meetings to pray for you, not so much to save you from your mortal as your alcoholic foes—how your tender ones your mother, wives, children, loved ones, who have adopted you as their chosen companions; who have worked for you far into the night, until their heads reeled, their eyes swam and their fingers ached and even bled—how their hearts


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throbbed, their bosoms exulted, and their eyes dilated with joy when they heard of your successes; how their cheeks paled, their heads drooped, their tongues stopped, when they heard of your excesses!  If you could see them, did I say?  You may, with a very small effort of imagination, see them, and hear them too.  You may see and hear your mothers, wives and children and sisters, with streaming eyes, uplifted hands and supplicating looks imploring you to dash the poisoned cup from your lips, which they have so often fondly pressed.   And will you render them less worthy to be pressed again by polluting them with impure liquor?  You may picture the majestic form and awful voice of Washington saying to you, If I with but a handful of undisciplined troops, far inferior in appointments to you, passed victoriously through a seven years war; and often marked our retreat through the snows of winter by the blood that dripped from our naked feet, with but a very moderate use of ardent spirits, cannot you do the same?  You may see the Guardian Angel, the Protecting Genius of the Confederacy standing over you with alarmed visage, rent robes, bleeding body, but still hopeful and triumphant look, imploring you by all the memories of the past, by the momentous stake of the Present, and its consequences to the Future, not to sully or sink her cause by surrendering yourselves to so ignoble a foe as Whisky.

Then men, Fellow-Countrymen, Soldiers of Freedom, dash the lying beverage of Satan from your lips.  See a Yankee ally in every bottle, and out with your sword and off with its head; and may God strengthen you to do this.


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Pastor "Kip" Vinson, Editor

Doug Lupo PhotoRev. "Kip" Vinson, Jr., current Pastor of Oak Level Baptist Church, Rocky Mount. SCV member since 2001, joined the Rivers Bridge Camp in Fairfax, SC. Moved to Rocky Mount, in 2005, and joined the Jesse Barnes Camp located in Wilson. Current Commander of Robert Henry Ricks Camp and North Central Brigade. B.A. History at Wofford College and an M.Div. from Gardner-Webb. Eagle Scout and received God and Country Award.

Eric Rudd, Editor

Doug Lupo PhotoI have been a member of the SCV since 2003. My ancestor, Pvt. George Washington Wright served with he 34th NC Troops, Company B, and was a farmer from Caswell County. I have been Chaplain of Col. Charles Fisher Camp #813 since 2009, which has been a unique blessing in my life. I am the 2012 recipient of The Rev. J. William Jones Christian Award and have been graced to serve people through my profession as a Funeral Director.