ded in 100 wagons to the railroad at Staunton, from there to be sent with dispatch to Richmond — the object being by this movement to have the flint locks on these muskets changed to percussion.
Seven thousand pounds of powder have been removed from the Institute magazine, by order of Gen. Harper, and expressed by wagon to Winchester.
This draft leaves near 20,000 arms, and 18,000 pounds of powder, together with other munitions of war, for further demands.
A correspondent at Buchanan, Botetourt county, writes:
Rumor having reached us that Abraham the 1st had called upon the different States for troops, and knowing that the object could be nothing less than a war upon the seceded States, our volunteer corps was summoned together, and immediate preparations were made to march at a moment's notice to the scene of action.
A warlike spirit prevails in our midst, and the company (Mountain Rifles) has received a large addition to its ranks.--Patriotic speeches were made by Col. J
Nearly every man present gave something, and many gave-large sums.
The company will be ready in a few days and subject to the orders of the Governor.
I have witnessed excitements of a political character and thought them intense; but never have seen anything to compare with the present, and the whole of this excitement is joyous.
A similar feeling of enthusiasm pervades the Northern Neck of Virginia, as will be seen by the following extract of a letter from Lancaster county.
At a company meeting of the Lancaster Grays, Wm. Henderson, Captain, a flag of the Southern Confederacy, 25 feet long and 12½ feet wide, was raised 225 feet high.
Several patriotic, Southern speeches were delivered, and vociferous shouts of congratulation uttered.
After drill, &c., the Grays assembled in business meeting, Capt. Henderson in the chair, and W. Henry Lee, Secretary; and on motion of Elias Edmonds, the following preamble and resolutions passed unanimously: