Excerpt from Tennesseans to Their Country's Defense, And, the Deliverance of Cuba, Our Duty and Our Glory: Speeches of Hon. Henry R. Gibson, of Tennessee, in the House of Representatives, March 8 and April 27, 1898
Representing such a people, inspired by the spirits of such heroic ancestors, and strengthened by the consciousness of the justness of our cause, I shall take a patriotic pride in casting my vote for this bill. And should the President call for soldiers in this great emergency, the mountains of East Tennessee will, Within forty-eight hours, furnish enough volunteers to drive ever y Span ish soldier off the American continent and raise in Cuba the ﬂag of Cuban independence. [applause.
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