Message to New Orleans Citizens and Soldiers

HEAD-QUARTERS, 7th M. District, New Orleans,
December 15, 1814.

To the Citizens of New-Orleans,

          The Major- General commanding has with astonishment and regret learned that great consternation and alarm pervade your city.
          It is true the enemy is on our coast and threatens an invasion of our territory, but it is equally true, with union, energy, and the approbation of heaven, we will beat him at every point his temerity may induce him to set foot upon our soil The General with still greater astonishment, has heard that British emissaries have been permitted to propagate sediious reports amongst you, that the hreatened invasion is with a view of restoring the country to Spain from a supposition that some of you would be willing to return to your ancient government--believe not such incredible tales--your government is at peace with Spain--it is the vital enemy of your country, the common enemy of mankind, the highway robber of the world, that threatens you, and has sent his hirelings amongst you with this false report to put you off your guard, that you may fall an easy prey to him. Then look to your liberties, your property, the chastity of your wives and daughters. Take a retrospect of the conduct of the British army at Hampton and other places where it has entered our country--and every bosom which glows with patriotism and virtue, will be inspired with indignation and pant for the arrival of the hour when we shall meet and revenge these outrages against the laws of civilization and humanity.
         The general calls upon the inhabitants of the city, to trace this unfounded report to its source and bring the propagator to condign punishment. The rules and articles of war annex the punishment of death to any person holing secret correspondenc with the enemy creating false alarm or supplying him with provision, and the general announces his unalterable determination rigidly to execute the martial law in all cases which may come within his province.
          The safety of the district intrusted to the protection of the general must and will be maintained with the best blood of the country. and he is confident all good citizens will be found at their posts with their arms in their hands, determined to dispute every inch of ground with the enemy; that unanimity will pervade the country generally. But should the general be disappointed in this expectation he will separate our enemies from our friends. Those who are not for us are against us, and will be dealt with accordingly. By command,

                                                                                            Thomas L. Butler
                                                                                             Aid de Camp

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