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A noble example. The subjoined is from a true Virginia gentleman, long connected with the Press, and the worthy inheritor of an honored name.--It is an example worthy of all admiration and imitation: "Richmond, Va., April 22d, 1861. "Editor Dispatch: Permanent lameness prohibits my performing military service; but, as a small token of sympathy in the glorious cause of Virginia and the Confederated States, I enclose one hundred dollars, to be appropriated for military defence, as suggested in your columns. Faithfully yours, "Wm. F. Ritchie."
ed, we cause a diversion which will force the western troops to the Atlantic seaboard, and thus encourage, embolden and animate the Southern men in Kentucky and Missouri. It is unnecessary to refer to the moral prestige which we would gain by possessing Washington. Every dictate of policy, of chivalry, and of gratitude, should urge Virginia to march to the relief of Baltimore. Our friends there are perhaps this day fighting with their hands against Lincoln's armed hosts or the mercenaries of Henry Winter Davis. The Southern men of Baltimore have literally thrown their unarmed bodies before the sword bayonets of the abolition troops, to save Virginia. They themselves have struck the blow, and surely we should be ready to march to their relief. We can only reach them — by marching through the city of Washington. Baltimore has asked for arms. Let us take them there over the dead bodies of Lincoln and his abolition crew. Texas Ranger. Spotswood House, April 22, 1861.
[from our Correspondents.] Portsmouth, April 22, 1861 The past two days with us contain events of wondrous interest. Saturday our troops were under arms all the day — our community was all excitement. Rumors from the Navy-Yard came thick and fast. About one o'clock, or before, it was ascertained that the fine war steamer Merrimac was scuttled, the Germantown was crushed by the ponderous shears, and the small arms on board the ships were being broken in pieces and thrown overboar We are busily engaged preparing batteries, and shall be well prepared in a few hours to give a warm reception to any attempt at attack. But I must hasten this for the mail, omitting many particulars of interest. Enuh Norpole, April 22, 1861 The town is alive with soldiers. Military forces are coming in from all quarters, and the most general unanimity of opinion exists as to beating back the Black Hawks of the North. The people seen to know nothing but fighting, and I t