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The Daily Dispatch: August 9, 1861., [Electronic resource], Outrages committed by the "Grand Army" in Fairfax county. (search)
Excitement at Cairo. --The Memphis Bulletin, of the 5th inst., says: We learn from a passenger on the steamer Kentucky, which reached the city this morning, that there is great excitement at Cairo on account of the capture of the steamer Cheney. Our informant states that there is no less than nine gun boats, or rather nine steamboats with guns upon them, now at Cairo, and it was repCairo, and it was reported at Columbus on Saturday that they intended coming down and taking any of our boats which should venture up. It was also said that Latimore, the captain of the Cheney, had telegraphed to Cairo fCairo for them to come down and take the S. H. Tucker, but they did not attempt it. Latimore, it is said, was particularly chagrined because those who took his boat had no right to do so, not acting from instructions from any one in authority. The names of the gun-boats now at Cairo awaiting an opportunity to "pick up" any of our steamers, are as follows:--Lexington, Conestoga, A. O. Taylor, City of L
ritanism, are at this moment rushing down to destroy us Be prepared to receive them as they deserve, at the cannon's mouth, at the point of the bayonet. While keeping your powder dry, let each man look well to his musket or rifle, preserve it in good order both inside and without, the sabre well burnished, keen of edge and sharply pointed. These precautions are good, wise, even necessary, when we have to contend with the Vandalic hosts of Lincoln. Even now they are hovering above us, from Cairo, like as gathering storm menacing the earth with thunder. But let them come!--we will give them a similar hospitality to that which our people of old extended to Packenham and his British plunderers. Their blood will ensanguine our plans, and their bodies fold an easy grave in the yawning depths of the Mississippi. We have soldiers as brave as any of ancient or modern times, valiant as Leonidas do fending the pass against the Persons, as Horatius Cocles impeding above the advance of the e