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The Daily Dispatch: April 27, 1861., [Electronic resource], Pruntytown, Taylor Co., Va., April 23d, 1861. (search)
Pruntytown, Taylor Co., Va., April 23d, 1861. Yesterday was the regular term of the County Court for Taylor county. At an early hour the people of Grafton, Fetterman, Webster, Claysville, Flemington, and Rogue's Harbor, (all railroad towns in this county,) and a number of farmers, began to arrive.--The usual business of granting licenses to sell "the ardent" was attended to before dinner.--After dinner the people re-assembled at the Court-House to consult about our National troubles, when a number of interesting speeches were delivered. The occasion was the most agreeable and harmonious one I have ever seen in any political gathering in Western Virginia, (and I have been a close observer of political movements in this section of the State since 1830.) I feel proud of my native section of the Old Dominion, while I record the fact that she will roll up a majority for the ratification of the Secession Ordinance at the general election.--Gentlemen, "I am not mad, but speak for
From Harper's Ferry.[Special Correspondence of the Dispatch.] Harper's Ferry, April 23, 1861. The population of this village having increased about three hundred per cent, in the last single week, it now claims to be of importance enough to have a place in the "Correspondence of the Dispatch." Under telegraphic orders from Governor Letcher, received in Staunton on Wednesday, the 17th instant, Major General Harper immediately started with such of his command as could be called so suddenly in the field, and himself and staff traveling all night, reached this place about 12 o'clock on the night of the 18th instant, just in time to be too late to save the loss of 15,000 stand of the most improved arms, which were set on fire by the United States force in command of the Arsenal, on their abandoning the post. So much for not having a railroad from Winchester to Strasburg. Volunteer companies have been arriving daily, and now number over 3,000 select troops, composed of