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Patriots Awake! Stir Your Stumps!

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The Staunton Spectator of January 29, 1861, reprinted two items from the Lewisburg Greenbrier Independent urging all voters to support opponents of secession in the election of delegates to the Virginia Convention.
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Patriots Awake! Stir Your Stumps!

Two undated items from the Lewisburg Greenbrier Independent printed in the Staunton Spectator, January 29, 1861.

The Staunton Spectator of January 29, 1861, reprinted two items from the Lewisburg Greenbrier Independent urging the voters in that mountain county to support opponents of secession in the election of delegates to the Virginia Convention. A paragraph in one of the two brief articles began, "Cast your vote for one who will stand for the rights of Virginia in the Union; and declare your wish at the polls also, that the action of the State Convention shall be submitted to the people for ratification." Many Virginians who favored secession opposed requiring the convention to submit a decision in favor of secession to a ratification referendum. Samuel Price, an opponent of secession, received 1,385 of the 1,415 votes cast in Greenbrier County, and 91.2 percent of the men voted to require a referendum.

Two undated items from the Lewisburg Greenbrier Independent printed in the Staunton Spectator, January 29, 1861.

PATRIOTS AWAKE— Your liberties are in danger! The Legislature has, with indecent haste, called a Convention. Hundreds of voters will not know of the call until it has done its work; and if the designs of the secessionists are accomplished your liberties are gone.
Freemen! will you become slaves! That is now the question for you to decide. The chains are being forged! Will you wear them?
Freemen, speak. Cast your vote for one who will stand for the rights of Virginia in the Union; and declare your wish at the polls also, that the action of the State Convention shall be submitted to the people for ratification.— Let not ambitious politicians, men who will not fight your battles, men who will burden you with taxes until your substance is eaten out, men who will drag your sons to the battle-field, beguile you. Now is the time, perhaps the last chance, you will have to maintain your freedom and your rights. Freemen! will you be free? will you leave your children free? Answer on the 4th of February.
The star-spangled banner, oh! long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

STIR YOUR STUMPS!— Let every Union man be on the alert from this time on until the election, next Monday. The politicians have tried to entrap you; but up and at them. Don't fail to vote for referring the action of the Convention back to the people. This is very important, unless you want to be swamped in taxes, dragged to war and all the horrors of revolution.