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e is brave and prudent, and inspires his men with perfect confidence. A farce of an election was held here on the 24th, to fill vacancies in the Convention — that effete body, which being long since functus officia, should adjourn sine die Perfect your little before you improve your land. Drive invaders from Virginia's sacred soil before you annoy people with amendments to the judiciary, and other departments of the Government. Lieut Col. Jonathan M. Heck, captured by the enemy at Rich Mountain, and now a prisoner on parole, came to camp the day before the election and secured the entire vote of the Monongalians here assembled, to wit, just four o test--of course he is elected. Charles W. Russell and Robert Johnston. Esqrs, being already members of the Confederate Congress, will be re-elected by the army, though I understand both have opponents. Preparations are making to winter troops here. Already it is so cold as to require several blankets to keep a man moderately c
roclamation that he had put an end to Secession in Western Virginia, and his more recent pronunciamento from Washington-- "Soldiers, we have seen our last defeat. No more defeats; no more retreats You stand by me, and I'll stand by you"--which had an immediate commentary in the fastest time ever made by the Yankees themselves, in that wonderful foot-race at Lewisville, and lately in the overwhelming rout at Leesburg. It is also more truthful than his report of the killed and wounded at Rich Mountain. And if he has done nothing to merit a sword, pray, what has he accomplished, to be made Lieutenant-General? It could be said at least of old Scott that he had enjoyed a great reputation, but McClellan is absolutely an unknown man. Nothing but a small success, achieved by the aid of tremendous odds, over a few hundred Virginians, in Western Virginia, has given him that prestige with the infatuated Yankee nation which has induced them to place him over the head of old officers of their
red to be printed. The Convention proceeded to elect a member of the Provisional Congress, to supply the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of James M. Mason, and A. R. Boteler was unanimously elected. Mr. Haymond moved to recommit the report on constitutional amendments, which was opposed by Messrs. Kilby and Stuart, on the sensible ground that nothing should be done tending to prevent a speedy termination of the session, and negatived by a large majority. The amended Constitution was then taken up, and considerable debate ensued upon the third Article, defining the qualifications of voters, out no final disposition was made of it. A resolution was adopted, assigning seats in the Convention to certain persons lately elected to all vacancies occurring in consequence of the Western Virginia treason. After passing resolutions of respect to the memory of John N. Hughes, Esq., a member of the body who lost his life at Rich Mountain, the Convention adjourned.
the slumbering volcano on which the Lincoln Government now rests, and the eruption that will destroy, not only the leaders of the Government, but the Government itself will be hastened. Since Gen. McClellan is now Commander-in-Chief it seems peculiarly proper that a strong effort should be made to effect an exchange, for he is already more than half committed to the policy. If his view were not favorable to such a system, the obligations given by our men who were paroled by him at Rich Mountain and Laurel Hill would have been very different from the one which was exacted. Being unfortunately one of those prisoners, this writer subscribed the following obligation; "I promise on honor not to take up arms nor serve in any military capacity against the United States Government until released according to the usages of war." This obligation, taken from those who were surrendered as belligerents is without doubt a complete recognition of us as such; yet it is more than a recognition
access to their invaders, while the State could lend but little assistance to the brave and unfortunate Virginians of the Kanawha Valley. Yet, soon as hostilities began, they were among the first to fly to arms, and expose themselves to the vengeance of the Lincoln Government. It was late in the month of June before the authorities at Richmond sent Gen. Wise to their assistance. The results of his expedion are well known. Wise made head against the enemy till Garnett's defeat at Rich Mountain. But this disaster to our arms left Northwestern Virginia undefended, and set free the innumerable hordes of McClellan to turn their arms against Wise's command, to intercept his communication with the East, and, by surrounding, to capture or destroy him. Wise was recalled at once, and by making good his retreat saved his command, to which the Kanawha troops were attached. It has been about four months since these things happened, though the country has passed through so many trial
The soldier's memory, --We have observed at the establishment of John W. Davies, in this city, a handsome marble obelisk, with appropriate inscriptions to the memory of Capt. Wm. M. Skipwith, who lost his life at Rich Mountain. This fitting tribute has been prepared at the instance of the County Court of Powhatan.
A gallant officer promoted. Capt. Julius A. De Laguel, who was wounded and captured at Rich Mountain, and whose exchange for Capt. Ricketts of the Federal army we have heretofore noticed, has been promoted by the Governor to the rank of Lieut.-Colonel in the active volunteer forces of this State, to report for duty at Craney Island, vice Lieut.-Col. John T. L. Preston, resigned.
attention of the public to through your valuable paper. The brave boys from the Northwest who left their homes late in May or early in June have ever since been cut off from their friends, and all aid from that quarter rendered impossible; not even the comforts of a letter from a wife, mother, or sister have they been blessed with; and most of them were so unfortunate as to loose their clothing twice--first, in the retreat from Philippi; and, second, in the retreat from Laurel Hill and Rich mountain. It is known that many of them have been very destitute of clothing in consequence of these losses, some of whom were without a change for upwards of a month. That they are brave and entitled to the respect and sympathy of those whose homes have not been overrun by the enemy is shown by their heroic conduct at the late battle of the Alleghany. I believe that Col. Hansbrough's battalion is composed entirely of refugees. Col. Jackson's regiment and Major Reger's battalion nearly so. A
ature, and war, were discussed with an interest which might be expected from the concentration of so much of cultivated intellect. Frequently a game of foot-ball would form an episode in the day, and at night between twilight and nine o'clock, the hour of retirement, instrumental music, singing, visiting, smoking, games of chess and cards, served to while away the tediousness of the place. One of the officers who conduces most to enjoyment is Lieut. Col. Pegram, who was captured at Rich Mountain by Gen. McClellan. I may add here, parenthetically, that the General has always acted towards his captive with a generosity characteristic of the thorough-bred soldier. When ill he caused him to be sent to his own residence at Cincinnati, where he was nursed by his (McClellan's) wife — secured for him a furlough of several months, with which he might travel for either recreation or health, and placed at his disposal that excellent test of human sincerity — his purse. Col. Pegram, howe
Serenade. --Col. John Pegram, the hero of Rich Mountain, was complimented with a serenade, on Wednesday evening last, by the "Buckingham Institute Guards," Capt. Hanes, fomerly company F, in the 20th Virginia, (Col. Pegram's old regiment,) now company A, 57th Virginia regiment.
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