Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
affairs in Mecklenburg.
Clarksville, Mecklenburg co., Va., April 26th, 1861.
Yesterday was a brilliant day, both in respect to weather and military display.
The militia forces of the Upper Regiment
turned out in large numbers.
The Boydton Cavalry, Capt. Goode
, made a splendid show.
This company is composed of the real fighting grit of the county.
The Clarksville Blues, under Capt. Finley
, however, took the palm.
The proficiency in drill which this capital company has attained under the skillful tutorship of Capt. Finley
, evokes the most cordial praise.
has been offered promotion, but prefers to stand by his "boys."
After the muster, a large crowd collected in front of B. D. Morton
's store, and called lustily for a speech from E. R. Chambers
— That gentleman appeared, and among other good things, said that no propositions for peace could now be listened to by the South
, and no adjustment made, except dictated by us at the foot of Washington
, of North Carolina
, responded most zealously to the call made upon him. --He said that North Carolinians ran "powerful" at Guilford Court-House, but they intended to show Virginians
how they could stand fire in this fight.
As to Virginians
, he declared that they could never be conquered.
They would fight, in his opinion, gloriously and unbeatably.
A note for $8,000 has been made by our wealthy citizens, and the Exchange Bank will cash it, for arming and equipping our volunteer companies.
A large list, for the benefit of the needy families of volunteers, has been raised.
Capt. R. Y. Overby
, Richard Russell
, and William Townes
, have shown great liberality.