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The Daily Dispatch: August 12, 1863., [Electronic resource] 5 1 Browse Search
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ured of sufficient support to justify a forward movement, and we doubt whether such support could be had without entirely stripping the defences of Washington of troops, unless Grant furnishes a portion of his fores for the purpose. In the meantime, however, the Confederate army, under Les, now lying between the Rappahannock and the Rapidan, may not be content to remain inactive. Its numbers are said to be at least equal to those of the Army of the Potomac, and if such be really the case, Gen. Lee will scarcely be inclined to stand for any considerable length of time on the defensive, unless he, too, is expecting reinforcements from the Southwest.--It is not, indeed, improbable that there will be a concentration of troops on both sides, and that the next tremendous struggle will be, on the one hand, for the possession of Richmond, and, on the other, for the capture of Washington. Since the retreat of Bragg, Gen. Rosecrans has not ventured beyond Tullahoma, and for good and suffi
The silver Grays, under the command of Capt R. G. Morriss, are drilling regularly on Capitol Square every Friday afternoon, preparatory to taking the place of the second class militia, should that organization be called to the field. Many of our old and most respected citizens are high privates in the Grays, and just as ready and anxious to do duty as if they were but twenty- five. Should the enemy approach sufficiently near the capital to warrant the authorities in calling the second class militia into active service at the fortifications, then these venerable patriots, their locks white with the frosts of fifty winters, will do military duty within the city. Is there a man beyond military age, not compelled to shoulder his musket, who can stand idly by at such a time as this? Will not the old patriots set a good example to their sons by shouldering their muskets and joining Capt. Morriss? Lee there be no laggards now. The country calls on every man to do his duty.
Notice --Taken up near Warren, Albemarle county, Va., the 28th May, 1863 a negro Boy, about 12 years old, who calls himself "Dick," and that he belongs to a man named Goodman, who was killed in service, and was from the south side of James River. The owner can get him by proving property and paying expenses. J. J. Black, 4th Va. Cavalry, Gen. Fots Lee's Brigade. au 10--3t*