Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
military spirit in Caroline — flag presentation, &c.
Ruther Glen, Caroline Co., Va., April 29th, 1861.
In a letter to the Dispatch,
a short time ago, I ventured to predict that Caroline would send to the field at least 500 men. The rapid progress of events since clearly demonstrates that I missed the figure by nearly half.
There are already four volunteer companies organized, and each is being daily augmented by recruits from every section of the county.--Other companies are organizing with surprising rapidity.
One, scarcely a week old, numbers sixty, rank and file, and applications for membership are pouring in.
The militia, which has been greatly reduced by the volunteer companies, is drilling at Bowling Green
, under Col. Thornton
; and we may confidently expect it to be fully qualified for service in a very short time, so skillful is the management.
The Greys, now numbering seventy odd, were presented by the ladies with a magnificent flag, 72x36 inches, on Saturday last.
F. W. Scott
, delivered the presentation speech, and it was an effort well worthy of the occasion.
Capt. R. O. Peatross
responded. His speech was eloquent and chaste, and elicited burets of applause from his company and the by standers.
I wish I could give you his language.
It would import enthusiasm to a heart of granite.
The flag is blue ground, trimmed with gold fringe, and on one side the coat of arms of Virginia
, with "Sic Semper Tyrannis" in letters of gold; on the other, a representation of the Greys in full dress, on parade, with the motto "God protect the right" over their heads.--The flag cost nearly one hundred dollars, and was manufactured in your city.
letters, coming from almost every part of the State
, represent the feeling in favor of resistance to the usurpation at Washington
to be intense and increasing.
Every one is gratified with the resent action of the Convention
, and before the next month is numbered with the past, we will be reposing beneath the flag of the Confederate States