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The Daily Dispatch: July 31, 1861., [Electronic resource] 5 1 Browse Search
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and a double barrel gun, with Minnie ball or a good rifle; to pledge ourselves to serve during the war wherever the President may choose to place us; to serve without pay. The main object of this organization is to avenge the dean of Gen. Roberts Garnett, of Virginia, and Col Charles F. Fisher, of North Carolina. Those who wish to form such a regiment, will signify their assent by writing to men the above post-office and when we have 500 men we will report ourselves for duty, and go ote, or in any capacity the regiment may direct. When our number reaches 500 we will request the President to appoint a Colonel of his own selection, and muster us into service at Richmond. I will advertise the time of meeting there as soon as I receive the names of 500 men-- Each company will choose its own Captain and subordinate officers Theodore S Garnett The newspapers in Virginia and North Carolina will doubtless publish the above without charge, twice a week for three weeks.
t in the field before the enemy, or placed in camps of instruction for thorough training and organization. The remaining two hundred and ten thousand might be allowed to be organized at home, drilled weekly, and be held as minute men, to answer the call of the country when their services should be required. Nothing is more certain than that the operations of our Generals have everywhere been crippled by the great inferiority of forces they have had to oppose to the enemy. The disaster of Garnett was due to this cause alone.--It was the simple want of troops that produced his unfortunate discomfiture. There is no sufficient reason why this disparity of force should always attend our military operations. The war might have been ended on the day after the great battle of Manassas, if our Generals had not been so limited in force as to render an advance no better than an act of criminal and puerile temerity. The army should be promptly increased to a strength which would relieve our