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The Daily Dispatch: may 30, 1861., [Electronic resource] 2 0 Browse Search
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An Omen; --The Giles volunteers, on their march to Lynchburg, Va., witnessed an incident, which, with one accord, they interpret into an augury of Southern victories and glorious success in our struggle for independence. A large hawk, sweeping down to the earth, caught a large black snake and soared up with his prey, writhing in agony and struggling for deliverance. Gradually the snake released his efforts, when the hawk, having cleared the tops of the surrounding hills struck a course due South. As soon as the incident was observed, the whole company agreed in calling the snake Lincoln, and the hawk Jeff. Davis Every man cheered the hawk, and when he made his triumphal flight, they made the mountain gorges fairly ring with their resounding shouts.