e the best fighting, and some of the best praying materials of this nation.
With a just cause and such defenders, can the contest in favor of the South be doubtful?
This morning I had the pleasure of visiting Captain Beall's company, which is quartered in this city.
A more substantial body of men cannot be found.
Among them are lawyers, doctors, and deacons of churches.
From forty to fifty of this company are Baptists, mostly from Irwinton, Georgia, and its vicinity; Beall, Rivers and Stanly are my personal acquaintances and friends, who have left (I hope only for a brief season) interesting families, whose hospitality I have often enjoyed.
May God preserve these patriots, and return them at His good pleasure to their homes. Joseph Walker. Richmond, May 2, 1861.
The North Carolina Presbyterian had, about this same date, the following editorial:
The ministers of the Gospel of Peace throughout the South seem to be fully alive to the awful issue presented to us by the