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Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
a General move to the scene of war — patriotism among the ladies, etc.

Staunton, Va., April 19, 1861.
I wrote you day before yesterday of the departure of the West Augusta Guard and the Staunton Artillery. Since that time there has been no diminution of the military enthusiasm, but an increase rather. Our town has worn the appearance of a military camp. Six volunteer companies, (three from this county and three from Rockbridge,) left to-day for Harper's Ferry, footing it down the Macadamized road to Winchester. Two other companies have also gone from this county, not passing through Staunton. And there are yet two other companies who will move as soon as they get arms. The Rockbridge Mounted Riflemen went on to-day without arms. Capt. J. H. Skinner mustered his militia company to-day, and notified that they would be constantly drilled, and must hold themselves ready to move at an hour's notice. It will be found that there are no prompter, braver soldiers than these mountaineers. It would astonish the abolitionists to know how few of these soldiers have any immediate personal interest in slavery.

Our citizens to-night constituted a company to be known as the Home Guard. The Council appropriated $3,000 for the purchase of arms, and they are already ordered. Col. Tait is Captain of this company, and he will drill them regularly. I suggest the importance of forming similar companies in every community. In the Armory to-night, Mike Harman, Esq., read a telegram announcing the repulsion of the N. Y. 7th Regiment in Baltimore, and it was hailed with rapturous applause.

I learn that the young ladies of Rev. Mr. Phillips' school occupied themselves to-day in preparing two thousand yards of bandages and a bushel and a half of lint.


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