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The Daily Dispatch: July 24, 1862., [Electronic resource] 1 1 Browse Search
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to the call. At this juncture the Winfield Rifles marched into the room to report themselves. They were armed with muskets and fixed bayonets, and supplied with ten rounds or cartridges (not blank ones) each, which they would willingly have discharged into a crowd of rioters. Perceiving that no fighting men could be found in that assembly, the Rifles reported themselves to the Mayor, who accepted their services and made arrangements to call upon them if necessary. On motion, Messrs. Willsee, Kirby, and [Patterson were appointed a committee to appoint a committee in each ward, whose duty it shall be to attend to the enlisting of volunteers to defend the city. A committee of three from each ward (fifty-one in all) was then appointed, and the following call was issued: "The citizens of the different wards will please meet this evening, July 17, at the usual place of meeting, for the purpose of organizing home guard companies." Yesterday evening about seven o'cl