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The Daily Dispatch: July 21, 1863., [Electronic resource], The people of Richmond during the Raids. (search)
The people of Richmond during the Raids. --A correspondent of the Atlanta (Ga.) Appeal, writing from Richmond during the recent raid or advance of Gen. Dix on this city, has the following: If the disembodied-spirits of those who have passed away from us have any cognizance of what is transacting in the sphere they once inhabited, then may we suppose that the departed patriots of the Revolution of 1776--the Lees, and Henrys, and Washingtons, and the noble army of their compeers — look down approvingly upon the scenes presented in the capital of Virginia this 3d day of July, 1863. All the stores are closed. Even the Post-Office has been emptied of its clerks. The haunts of trade are hushed, and the haunts of vice and wickedness are awed into decorum. A more than Sabbath stillness reigns over the whole city. Everything sordid seems to have faded out in the light of patriotism. Everything vile has crept away into the darkness it loves. Yesterday morning the summons c