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The Daily Dispatch: September 12, 1861., [Electronic resource] 3 1 Browse Search
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of enthusiasm and pride that is clearly seen on every countenance. Gen. Johnston is very much respected, but as yet is not as well known as Gen. Beauregard. The soldiers have unbounded confidence in his ability and bravery, and speak of him in a very flattering manner. With two such Generals as these, and with the brave hearts and strong arms of the men, who can doubt the success of every battle, unless the odds are greater than at the battle of Marathon? I wrote you yesterday from Fairfax, and gave an account of the small fight near Great Falls. Since that time no reliable news has come in of any skirmishes, or of any firing, beyond that of the pickets, who keep up a continual fire upon each other. The many rumors of a general fight which I see have gained credence in Richmond are entirely untrue. Nothing can be learned from the passengers on the Manassas train, for they report the most extravagant lies with great prodigality. They do not willfully intend to deceive, but
The gallant dead. --Lieutenant James R. Kent, of the 24th Regiment of Virginia Volunteers, died of typhoid fever on the 4th of September, at the residence of Mr. John Fairfax, near Fairfax Station. He was a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, and had returned to his home in Pulaski county but a few months before the war broke out. He was among the first to respond to the call of his native State, and a correspondent informs us that on every occasion when exposed to danger he exhibited the greatest coolness and most dauntless courage. He was but 23 years of age, yet his military knowledge would have done credit to a veteran.
We are pleased to see that German farmers are beginning to turn their attention to Virginia. We have already in our principal cities a considerable German population, and they are among the most thrifty and industrious of our people. A number of German laborers for the Valley of Virginia have arrived in Alexandria. They have been engaged by Colonel John Fairfax, of Loudoun, whose example, it is said, will soon be followed by many of the farmers in the Piedmont district. The result in the lower counties, where the new system has been introduced, is said to be satisfactory; and Messrs. Wilmer and Washington, the agents in Alexandria for German emigration, are receiving frequent orders from the upper and lower counties. We have only to look at what German labor has accomplished in the West to appreciate the value to all the great material interests of a State of such a population. We have, indeed, only to look at German character and history to impress us with the importa