Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
meeting in Orange county.
Gordonsville, April 19, 1861.
At a meeting of the citizens of Gordonsville
and its vicinity, held in Gordonsville, Orange county, Va.
, on the 18th of April, for the purpose of forming a Home Guard, on motion, Mr. William Cowherd
was called to the Chair, and Robert Taylor
appointed temporary Secretary
The object of the meeting being explained by the Chairman
, Col. Strange
then, in a soul-stirring and patriotic address, urged the necessity for this organization, which was unanimously responded to. The meeting then determined to organize by electing permanent officers; whereupon, William Cowherd
, was unanimously chosen President
, who, in acknowledging the confidence thus reposed, responded in a most feeling and impressive address, alluding in terms that brought tears to the eyes of the grey-headed fathers present, to the contribution he had made in his two sons, who had just buckled on their armor and gone forth to battle for the rights and honor of dear old Virginia
and her Southern sister.
The following officers were then unanimously chosen; Joseph N. Phillips
, 1st Vice-President
; Charles G. Goodman
, 2d Vice-President
; Wm. Faulconer
; and John S. Cowherd
On motion, it was resolved that a committee be appointed by the President
to prepare and report to an adjourned meeting rules and regulations for the government and action of the organization.
Whereupon, the President
appointed O. H. P. Terrell
, R. F. Omohundro
, Col. J. B. Strange
, Ro. Taylor
, and A. J. Gooch
The meeting then adjourned to meet again on Saturday, the 20th inst.