Newspaper Cassville Democrat, Barry Co., Missouri
Date July 9, 1921
Headline CORSICANA IN 1861
Text The following resolutions were taken from the original clipping from a Springfield paper dated 1861, which was found in the old papers of late Rev. Joseph K. Northcutt. A meeting was called, at Gadfly, now Corsicana, for the purpose, with Dr. Ray as temporary chairman, Martin Haynes was elected chairman and Jno. Carson secretary, and the following committee drafted the resolutions: R. G. Carson, Jno. Coppie, William Ray, W. A. Fly, Elijah Waltrip, L. J. Blankenship and G. W. McClure. The resolutions were passed by a vote of 64 to 1. Below are the resolutions verbatim.

Resolved: That we view with extreme sorrow the inauguration of war in the United States, by the late attack of South Carolina upon Fort Sumter, viewing it as we do, to be unnecessary and uncalled for, by the exigencies of the times, or by the wants of the people, and that the people would have settled the difficulties peaceably, had they referred to them, and that this was inaugurated to prevent the peaceable settlement of the difficulties.

Resolved: That the true interest of Missouri requires that she should remain neutral--taking sides neither with the South or with the Government -- since if she were to take either side, civil war would inevitably follow within her own boarder, which is to be deprecated and avoided.

Resolved: That we are unalterably attached to the Union of the States, knowing them to be very palladium of our liberties and our existence as a nation, and at the destruction of which, the sum of our liberties will forever set, and immortality and lawlessness resign, whilst religion will flee affright from our midst, and liberty will hide her face behind the grandest scheme of tyranny that ever disgraced the annuals of history.

Resolved: That we still believe that the difficulties now diving us as a people, can and will be honorably settled to the satisfaction of all concerned, from the fact, that history reveals to us the fact that there is no nation, either in ancient or modern times but that have had civil and intestine wars, and they have eventually been settled satisfactorily, and why not the same thing be done by us?

Resolved: That we have here-to-fore flattered ourselves that we were a free and independent people, who had the right of thinking in religious and political matters, without molestation or hindrance from any source whatever, and still claim those rights; and will resist any infringement of said rights at all hazards and to the bitterest extremity.

Resolved: That the secretary of this meeting be instructed to furnish each of the following papers with a copy of these resolutions, with the request that they publish the same: Neosho Herald, Springfield Advertiser and Mirror.

On motion, the foregoing resolutions were unanimously adopted.

Martin Haynes, Chairman
John Carson, Secretary

P. S. Pittman of Monett, a grandson of the late Rev. Joseph K. Northcutt, requests the Democrat to publish the above resolutions. All the parties mentioned above in connection with this meeting were old time and highly respected citizens. Dr. Ray mentioned in connection with the meeting, was the former editor of Cassville Democrat and the father of Mrs. P.E. Horine of this city. W. A. Fly was the father of Henry Fly of Monett, Martin Haynes was the father of Wm. L. Haynes formerly of Monett but now in Aurora.

Jack A. Fly is a great-great grandson of William A. Fly.
Resource Springfield, MO Newspaper dated 1861
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