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The Daily Dispatch: January 2, 1862., [Electronic resource], Bishop Hughes in favor of the Confederate States. (search)
Old Dick, the drummer. --A few days ago there appeared in the local department of this paper the following paragraph: "Dick, a venerable darkey in uniform, was arrested for carrying a huge bowie-knife. He was on his return home to Danville from a complaint against the Yankees, and the Mayor discharged him after confiscating the knife." This has elicited from "A. B. V." a "vindication" of old Dick, including a sketch of his career, which we publish entire, not only as an act of justice to "the subject of this notice," but because it fully repays perusal: The person above referred to has occupied the position of chief drummer for the 18th Virginia regiment for the last eight months, and is highly esteemed by the regiment, not only as a musician, but as a brave and gallant old man. He is a hero of two wars, and in several instances has rendered good service to the country. When the war with Mexico broke out, he enlisted as musician for a South Carolina regiment an