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The Daily Dispatch: June 26, 1861., [Electronic resource], Judge Parker's charge to the Grand Jury of Frederick county, Va. (search)
igh official authority to the gallant commandant, I lost no time in reporting myself at "Headquarters," and need not say that I found in Col. John B Magruder all that my fancy had painted of the Virginia gentleman, the frank and manly representative of the chivalry of the dear Old Dominion. There, too, I met with Major John B. Carey, an old and valued friend, who has done more as an instructor of the youth of our State, as the Principal of "Hampton Academy," than any other gentleman in Eastern Virginia.--Major Carey has not labored in vain in any department of that popular and once flourishing institution — flourishing until the call "to arms" hurried himself, his corps of professors, and large body of students, to "the tented field;" and his manly heart must throb with pride and satisfaction, as he finds among the hosts now gathered at Yorktown so many of those who look back with pleasure to the "Hampton Academy" as their Alma Mater, and who now hail him as a brother in arms, contend
fly for their lives, may have it all their own way for a time, and, except the self-reproach which men guilty of such crimes must suffer, may feel no special inconvenience at the present moment. But the hour of retribution is at hand, the State of Virginia will assert her sovereignty with all the power at her command upon every inch of her territory, and then we shall see on which side we shall have the Reign of Terror, and who it will be that will invoke the rocks and mountains to fall upon their heads.--Just as in the case of the American Revolution, the strife between the patriots and Tories was more fierce and relentless than that between the patriots and their common enemies, so the strife in Northwestern Virginia will be the most terrific and implacable that has occurred during this whole war. Instead of being a place of refuge and safety, or bed of roses, it will become before many months have passed a red-hot gridiron on which Carlile & Co., unless they fly across the Ohio,