12.21.2014

New Orleans, Dec. 21

New-Orleans, Dec. 21.
On Sunday, the 18th instant, General Jackson reviewed the militia of the city, the battloin commanded by major Plauche, and a part of the regiment of men of color. Being drawn up the following addresses were read to them by Mr. Lavingston one of his aids:-

TO THE EMBODIED MILITIA.
Fellow Citizens and Soldiers!
The General Commanding in Chief would not do justice to the noble ardor that has animated you in the hour of danger, he would not do justice to his own feelings, if he suffered the example you have shewn to pass without public notice. Inhabitants of an opulent and commercial town, you have by a spontaneous effort shaken off the habits which are created by wealth, and shown that you are resolved to deserve the blessings of fortune by bravely defending them. Long strangers to the perils of war, you have embodied yourselves to face them with the cool countenances of veterans-and with motives of disunion that might operate on weak minds, you have forgotten the difference of language and the prejudices of national pride, and united with a cordiality that does honor to your understandings as well as to your patriotism. Natives of the United States! They are the oppressors of your infant political existence, with whom you are to contend-they are the men your fathers conquered whom you are to oppose. Descendants of Frenchmen! natives of France! they are the English, the hereditary, the eternal enemies of your ancient country, the invaders of that you have adopted, who are your foes. Spaniards! remember the conduct of your allies at St. Sebastians, and recently at Pensacola, and rejoice that you have an opportunity of avenging the brutal injuries inflicted by men who dishonor the human race.
Fellow Citizens of every description! Remember for what and against whom you contend. For all that can render life desirable, for country blessed with every gift of nature-for property, for life-for those dearer than either, our wives and children-and for liberty, dearest of liberty, without which country, life, property, are no longer worth possessing:-as even the embraces of wives and children become a reproach to the wretch who could deprive them by his cowardice of those invaluable blessings. You are to contend for all this against an enemy whose continued effort is to deprive you of the least of these blessings-who avows a war of vengeance and desolation, carried on and marked by cruelty, lust, and horrors unknown, to civilized nations.
Citizens of Louisiana! the General Commanding in Chief, rejoices to see the spirit that animates you, not only for your honour but for your safety, for whatever had been your conduct or wishes, his duty would have led, and will now lead him to confound the citizen unmindful of his rights with the enemy he ceases to oppose. Now leading men who know their rights, who are determined to defend them, he salutes you, brave Louisianians, as brethren in arms, and has a new motive to exert all his faculties which shall be strained to the utmost in your defence. Continue with the energy you have began, and he promises you not only safety, but victory over the insolent enemy who insulted you by an affected doubt of your attachment to the constitution of your country.

 

Published in the Maryland Gazette-January 26, 1815.

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