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ally more difficult to provoke to a fight than Eastern Virginians; yet, when aroused, they will conquer or die. I make no plea for such vile traitors as Carlile, Pierpont and others — those wretched corruptor of our honest masses. Judge not the latter by those base leaders, many of whom, however, were born and educated east of th them. Yankees are in perpetual dread of "the crack of the squirrel guns." Prominent Unionists dare not venture into the country. No money could bribe Carlile, Pierpont and many others to risk their precious lives in their old haunts, though the same be occupied by Yankee mercenaries. Numbers of formerly strong Union men are nog ground most rapidly in that section. The Unionists are alarmed. They keep their "things packed," ready to leave at the first intelligence of Lee's approach. Pierpont is full of guilty fears even in Wheeling, and has not slept in that "loyal city" for four weeks, but goes out every evening on the Hempfield Railroad, to Washing