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of a nation. It is popular agitation that develops the latent energy of minds that are truly great. The shock of a revolution created a Napoleon, and the diplomatic craft of scheming nations developed a Talleyrand. Amongst the prominent men of the present day whose character has been thus exhibited by the varying circumstances of a checkered life, and whose genius peculiarly fits him for eminent usefulness at the present crisis, is the gentleman whose name heads this article. Like young Norvell, he had heard of battles, "and longed to follow to the field some warlike lord." and yielding to the bent of his youthful inclinations, the blandishments of peaceful ease and comfort were exchanged for the perils and privations of the battle field, and there he early learned the sounds which have since so often made music for his martial soul. There is not a man in the whole South who is so familiar, by practical experience, with the vicissitudes of war, and it may, with equal truth, be sa