Anderson (SC) Intelligencer
October 25, 1860
men! Your Country Calls You!”
has originated in the past few weeks an organization all over the Southern
States under the style of “Minute Men,” having for its object the maintenance
of Southern equality and the defence [sic] of
Southern rights, “in the Union or out of it.”
The objects for which these companies are now forming must touch the
patriotism of every lover of his section, and cause his heart to beat with
fresh impulses at the thought of defending in person the homes and firesides
where reside mother, sister, wife or daughter.
Hundreds and thousands are flocking within its folds, and the
organization now numbers many “good men and true” in all the Southern
States. In South Carolina alone, there
are near five thousand from all accounts we have seen, and daily are accessions
being made to its ranks. But it is not
confined to the gallant, brave Palmetto sons.
Every State has its quota pledged to resistance—bound to march at a moment’s-warning
to the defence of their beloved country. Let the ball thus put in motion roll on
unceasingly, until there is an army composed of chivalrous Southrons
[sic] who are competent and prepared to meet the “Wide Awakes” and their
co-workers, and vanquish them on the battle-field, if necessary.
have been permitted to examine the constitution which meets adoption by every
company of “Minute Men.” It is short and
comprehensive, and full of meaning.
Under it, we learn, that upwards of seventy-five gentlemen have enrolled
themselves at Pendleton. The badge, blue
rosette, is not seen upon the streets of our own town, but we know of many here
who regard themselves as “Minute Men,” prepared to act promptly upon their
country’s call. It is expected that they
will organize under that name at any early day.
[Transcribed by Sharon Strout]