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    Texas, was even more explicit than Mary Chestnut about the dangers of going to war. He said this to his fellow Texans:

    Some of you laugh to scorn the idea of bloodshed as the result of secession, but let me tell you what is coming! Your fathers and husbands, your sons and brothers, will be herded at the point of the bayonet. You may, after the sacrifice of countless millions of treasure and hundreds of thousands of lives, as a bare possibility, win Southern independence. But I doubt it. I tell you this: While I believe, with you, in the doctrine of state rights, the North is determined to preserve this Union. They are not a fiery, impulsive people as you are, for they live in colder climates. But when they begin to move in a given direction, they move with the steady momentum and perseverance of a mighty avalanche; and what I fear is, they will overwhelm the South.
    But the lust for blood, always present in the hearts of some Texans, overpowered reason, Houston was illegally forced from office, and Texas triumphantly went to war. History shows that Houston's predictions were correct in every particular.

    Might and Right are always fighting, in our youth it seems exciting. Right is always nearly winning, Might can hardly keep from grinning. -- Clarence Day

    by hestal on Sat Aug 31, 2013 at 08:14:33 AM PDT

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