"You have now in the field armies sufficient to repel the whole force of your enemies and their base and mercenary auxiliaries. The hearts of your soldiers beat high with the spirit of freedom; they are animated with the justice of their cause; and while they grasp their swords, can look up to heave for assistance. Your adversaries are composed of wretches who laugh at the rights of humanity, who turn religion into derision, and would for higher wages direct their swords against their leaders or their country. Go on then, in your generous enterprise, with gratitude to heaven for past success and confident of it in the future. For my own part, I ask for no greater blessing than to share with you the common danger and common glory. If I have a wisher dearer to my soul than that my ashes may be mingled with those of a Warren or a Montgomery, it is these American States may never cease to be free and independent."
These stirring words seem to be lost to many today. Asking for now "greater blessing" than to risk one's life for glory and liberty? Wishing to mingle one's ashes with those of martyrs? The Spirit of '76 is something we need to recapture or our republic will perish.
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