March 12, 1861
Reception of Gen. Twiggs in New Orleans.
The New Orleans papers publish very full accounts of the reception of Gen. Twiggs there on the 4th inst. The Delta says:
|Gen. David E. Twiggs|
(Library of Congress)
To the address of welcome Gen. Twiggs responded in a firm and independent voice, withal marked by emotion. He thanked his native South, his adopted home, New Orleans, for the honor done him, and though loath to speak of himself, he could say here he never would be charged either as "traitor" or "coward." He trusted never to hear this charge against him here — elsewhere it may rise and it may fall, but so long as his native land knew him well, and spoke of him as he deserved, he would be satisfied. He reviewed briefly his late action in Texas. He had no desire to shed Southern blood, or to cause civil war, and if the Government at Washington intended resistance, why had it remained passive? The forts of Texas were to-day where they were yesterday. Why had they not been retaken? He hoped that by God's blessing he would be enabled to possess strength enough to participate in retaining these forts to the South, and to participate in the defence of her rights 'mid the momentous struggles of the country.'