Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
affairs in Charles city.
Charles City N. H., April 27, 1861.
I have seen no report in the Richmond papers of military preparations in this county.
It may be agreeable to you, and interesting to some of the readers of your paper, to hear something of what is being done in this locality.
We have a company of Cavalry, about sixty strong, commanded by Capt. Robert Douthat
, fully officered, fully uniformed, well equipped, and ready for any emergency.
We have also a Rifle company, about seventy-five rank and file, with a full complement of officers, commanded by Capt. Geo M. Waddill
This company is also uniformed and armed with muskets.
It is much to be regretted that these men cannot be supplied with the best rifles, as many of them are known to be very superior shots.
These companies have been well drilled, and are anxious to meet the enemy; and when they do, my word for it, they will give a good account of themselves.
Our County Court has appropriated $5,500, for the purchase of arms, rifles, carbines, and Colt
's Navy revolvers.
The citizens have not stood by with careless indifference, but have cheerfully seconded the efforts made to prepare our volunteers for service, with a voluntary contribution of $1,000.
A Home Guard has been organized, 75 strong, and rapidly increasing, Captain Thomas H. Wilson
Judging from the material of which it is composed, good service may be expected.
The old, and the young of both sexes, are fully aroused, and with one heart and one mind, will firmly sustain the good cause of opposition to Black Republican rule.