Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
military preparations in North Carolina.
Charlotte, N. C., April 25, 1861.
Old Mecklenburg has appropriated $50,000 to defray the expenses of her soldiers, and private, though wealthy gentlemen of this place, say they will increase the amount as soon as it is needed.
When the Governor
's dispatch was received, asking if this county would send him a company, he was immediately answered in the affirmative, and as so many were anxious to go it was difficult to decide whom to take.
The Rifles left last week for Fort Caswell
, the Grays this morning for Raleigh
, and a committee is now in Raleigh
to make arrangements for the departure of the Dragoons.
The Mint at this place has been seized by a detachment of soldiers, in accordance with the order of the Governor
, and our Military Institute is now a school of instruction for regularly enlisted recruits, who are being thrown into this place by the energetic and patriotic President
of the North Carolina
Most of the Cadets, representatives of all the Southern States
, than whom a braver corps of young soldiers never lived, will leave to morrow in charge of their instructors, and subject to the orders of the Governor
Those of our citizens who have been left behind are now organizing a company of Fireside Protectors, as well as one of Flying Artillery.
Their subscription list for fully equipping the latter, though opened but yesterday evening, already amounts to $5,000, and they intend making it $15,000, and perhaps more, as it is their determination to have it ready for war at once.
The ladies of Charlotte
--God bless them — are where patriotic ladies are ever to be bound, foremost in their country's cause; and cheering on, in tears, their fathers, brothers, husbands and lovers to noble deeds.
They presented the Rifles and Greys each with a beautiful flag just on the eve of their departure, and are now busily engaged preparing another, which the young Misses
will to-morrow baptize in their tears of affection, when they present it to the gallant young soldiers of the Institute
, and bid them fare well.
May Heaven's blessings be bestowed upon all those who are rushing to defend our rights! C.