Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
secession flag at the University.
University of Va., March 16.
Last night the students of the University
sawed through three doors, climbed the pinnacle of the rotunda, and flung to the breeze the flag of the Confederated States
Early this morning, as it was discovered from one after another of the boarding-houses around the Institution
, a gradually increasing yell of applause ascended, until things sounded as if the Lunatic Asylum
had been moved farther down the road.
A salute was fired, and a large crowd collected on the lawn, which was addressed by Prof. Bledsoe
, who spoke in praise of the flag, but advised them to take it down and erect it in a more suitable place.--Immediately about fifty students ascended the roof of the rotunda to carry out these instructions, and having collected in a knot on the house-top gave three cheers for President Davis
and three for the flag.
One of them climbed to the top of the vane, and having waved his cap and cheered to his satisfaction, descended covered all over with glory.
While the flag was lowered, three groans were given for some one, and the large bell on the rotundo was tolled.
The crowd having descended with the flag to the lawn, an indefinite number of cheers were given, and several speeches made in its praise.
Finally, a choir struck up Dixie, and bore it away to parts unknown.--Not a Union voice was heard in the camp to-day.
I was told that Dr. Harrison
, who happened to be at the University
to-day, waved his hat at the flag, and said "he did not know when Virginia
would ever make herself respectable again."