Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.political Meetings — Military organization.
Gloucester County, Jan, 30th, 1861.
The secession feeling in this section of country has nearly reached the culminating point.
A large and enthusiastic meeting was held at Cobbs' Creek
, Matthews county, on Saturday, the 19th inst.
A flag, bearing on its ample folds ‘"Secession and Southern Confederacy,"’ was flung to the breeze from the top of a pole 115 feet high, and under it sported the virgin banner of the Old Dominion.
They were greeted by fifteen deafening roars of artillery.--Spirited and animated speeches were made by several gentlemen, and the utmost unanimity prevailed.
The occasion was graced by the presence of a number of Virginia
's fair daughters.
Could our Northern brethren
(many of whom are famishing with hunger) have seen the sumptuous repast served up by the hospitable citizens in the neighborhood, they would have been satisfied that there is no danger of famine in the South
, for at least several weeks.
In the afternoon a mass meeting was held, and Lieut. Governor R. L. Montague
nominated as a candidate for a seat in the State Convention, and on Wednesday, the 23d inst., a meeting was held at Matthews Court-House, by which his nomination was ratified.
On Monday, the 28th inst., a large concourse of people, among them many ladies, assembled at Matthews Court-House, to hear this distinguished gentleman.
was filled to overflowing, and large groups stood around the building.
A large meeting was held at Gloucester Court-House to-day, to nominate a secession candidate for a seat in the State Convention.
Many stirring and patriotic speeches were made, and great enthusiasm prevailed.--Among the speakers was Gen. John Tyler
.--John T. Sea
, received the nomination.
The submissionists in this county cannot muster a corporal's guard.
A Home Guard was formed last Saturday week, composed of men over 45 years of age, and under who were exonerated from military duty.
An appropriate address was delivered on the occasion by Rev. W. S. Hawkins
looks badly, caused by heavy rains and sharp frosts.