Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
flag-raising in Charlotte county--the war news — great enthusiasm.
We had quite an exciting time here last Saturday, it being muster day, and generally known around this neighborhood that a secession flag would be raised.
A crowd gathered here at an early hour, which no doubt would have been three-fold increased but for the heavy showers of rain in the morning.
At 12 o'clock the crowd met at the Masonic Hall
, where eloquent and soul-inspiring addresses were delivered by John C. Hawlett, Jr.
, and Isaac R. Watkins
, both of the speakers acquitting themselves handsomely.
After paying a deserving compliment to our patriotic ladies--God bless them — who made and presented the Southern Confederated Flag
, they proved how much more it was to the interest of Virginia
to be with the South
than remain the tail of a Northern Confederacy.--While speaking was going on the telegraph brought us the sad news that our gallant brothers in South Carolina
had sustained a loss of 360 men. You could see sorrow pictured on every face you met, and universal regret expressed for the sad fate of its heroes.
The flag was then unfurled on a pole 95 feet high, amidst thundering cheers for the Southern Confederacy, the ladies, and old Charlotte
; from which you will see that the descendants of John Randolph
have not degenerated.--Another flash of lightning on the wires brought us the glorious news that the flag of the Southern Confederacy was flying over Fort Sumter
, which was greeted with tremendous shouts, and everybody rejoiced at the result.
One universal wish was expressed that the Old Dominion would soon join her Southern sisters.
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