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armies, you will understand how Virginians state the case, and the general attitude of mind in Virginia — so far as my observation has extended, and the historic steps by which, as they say, it has been reached. There are here and there men who have stood out, at every sacrifice, (loss of property by confiscation and personal imprisonment,) protesters for Federal allegiance and recusant as to any recognition of Confederate sovereignty. But they are the rare exceptions in Eastern and Southern Virginia. There is a large class of men of moderate means, who cannot afford losses or shrink from the, who greatly prefer the quiet and security of Federal rule, but quiet and security being their object, they remain neutral or compliant under the powers de facto, of whichever side. There is no civil government in action from Harper's Ferry, here — even the last class falls to furnish volunteers to take the office of Justices of the Peace.* Crime of all sorts, therefore, except it be by sold