The secession of Virginia.
The press of the South
is commenting on the secession of Virginia
(S. C. ) Carolinian
The news of this movement, though not unexpected, created great enthusiasm yesterday.
The usual salute was fired, and the bell ‘"Secession"’ was rung for an hour.
The flags previously raised in the city, soon had an eighth star added.
Our own flag, during the high winds of last week, was blown loose, and the halyards or cord by which it is raised, had run out and fallen down; so that it was a problem how to reach the top of the staff, and run up our colors.
While we were on the roof, deliberating how to overcome the difficulty, a Virginia printer in our employ said that flag must be raised, and volunteered to ‘"shin up" ’ the pole, and put the cord through the pulley at the top. This he did, and the flag of the Confederate States
, with the addition of the eighth star, was soon proudly floating in the evening breeze.
At night, the streets were illuminated with tar harrels, Roman candies and rockets.
A stand was placed in front of the AthenŒum, where a crowd soon collected, when they were addressed by Col. Thomas Preston
, of Virginia
This gentleman possesses the well known felicity of expression peculiar to his family, so well characterized as ‘"Prestonian, "’ and in his speech last night proved himself a worthy representative of the name.
We would do him an injustice to attempt a synopsis of his admirable address, and can only say that it was received with deserved applause.
After Mr. Preston
closed, a call was made for the Butler Guards, who had escorted the speaker to the stand, and who were deservedly complimented by him, to which Capt. Hoke
responded in appropriate terms.
Though laboring under severe indisposition, the Captain
promptly answered the call, and pledged his company to a man in defence of the right. --The shout that went up in response would have proved, if proof was needed, that Greenville District was ready and willing.
The companies from the other Districts have also shown their willingness, and are now burning for an opportunity to prove their prowess in the field.
In answer to repeated calls, Col. Wade Hampton
responded in a few patriotic remarks, after which the volunteers of the two regiments, who had been listening with the most flattering attention, notwithstanding their severe drills during the day, returned to their quarters, and the crowd dispersed with three cheers for Virginia
The Savannah Republican says:
, the mother of States, to whom we all have been secustomed to look up with fillal reverence and reguard, has at last come out from the shotition Government and sided with her doughters in the cause of freedom and equal rights.
We have no language to express our gratification over this glorious ressot.
We might have fought on and won our independence, and would have done it, cest what it might; but the accession of the Old Dominion makes our constellation a great one at a single bound, and places it high in
We are now a nation at home, and soon will be a nation abroad.
This act on the part of Virginia
settles the question with all the remaining slaveholding States.
Some time may elapse before they shall be able to go though the necessary forms to complets the separation, but for all practical purposes they will be with us in a week.
We shall have their moral influence in our councits and their active aid in the field, whilst in due season we shall all stand shoulder to shoulder in defence of a common cause, and recognining none other.
Upon receipt of the intelligence in this city yesterday, by telegraph, there was a general gladdening of all hearts, and our citizens gave vent to their feelings by a Confederate salute of eight guns from the Bay
The Charleston Courier says:
The joyous tidings of the disenthrallment of the Old Dominion, caused ‘"Old Secession"’ to lift up its voice in booming gratulation.-- Great honor was put upon the gun. The grey-haired Virginia
gentlemen who served as a volunteer at Stevens' Battery, loaded and fired off the historic cannon.
Singularly fitting was it that the redemption of Virginia
should be proclaimed in Charleston
by the venerable Edmund Ruffin
The signs of the times warrant the prediction that ‘"Old Secession"’ will soon boom again.
The Columbia (S. C.
,) Guardian, says:
The long and anxiously expected news of the secession of the noble old Common wealth of Virginia
reached here yesterday afternoon, and was communicated to our citizens in a few minutes, by the ringing of the bells and the thunder tones of the cannon.
All hall to Virginia
the home of the noble spirits of the past — of George Washington
, of Patrick Henry
, the Lees, the Jeffersons, and many others worthy of mention.
She has at length spoken, and in tones that give new pulsations to the patriotic throbbings of the great Southern heart.
Throughout the Confederate States
, the news yesterday must have created the wildest enthusiasm and unmingled joy.
In this response to old Abe's proclamation, Virginia
has covered herself with glory, and there is not a man, woman or child in the Confederate States
, that has heard the news, that does not feel grateful for this last evidence that the Lord
of Hosts is with us in our effort to overturn a wicked and despotic Government.
Again we say, all Hail Virginia
! and extend to her our warmest congratulations upon this last and crowning deed of glory, in addition to the many that are already recorded on the page of her history.