September 20, 1877

Decherd, Tennessee


Good morning, my friends of Franklin County. 


The time is now come that we should be bound together—when those that maintain their convictions at the risk of their lives should come together again, and that the friendship will revive—that is what I believe.  Looking on the faces of the men who fought us, I respect them for their bravery and for their willingness to risk their life upon their convictions, and I think they will respect me.  I understand that the people of this region were pretty unanimously on the confederate side of the question, and that in consequence it was called “Little South Carolina” among the Union people of Tennessee and I am sure it will please you to know that South Carolina is represented on this train in the person of the gentleman I now introduce to you—Gov. Hampton.