Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
military Organizations in Roanoke — glorious
reception of Louisianian, &c.
Salem, May 4th, 1861.
This has been a big day
The 157th Regiment was out in full force; besides which, the Salem Flying Artillery, Roanoke Grays
, and two other volunteer companies, not fully organized, were all on parade, giving our town a lively appearance.
After brief but stirring addresses from Geo
. P. fayloe, Esq.
, our delegate to the State Convention, Colin Bass
and Henry A. Edmundson
, Esqs., a large number of volunteers stepped from the militia ranks, and are now in process of organization.
While this was going on, the telegraph announced that at 2 o'clock a large number of troops from Louisiana
would arrive at the depot and partake of any refreshments our citizens might have in readiness.
Notice was immediately given to the citizens, who responded promptly and cheerfully.
to the call.--A large number of families sent what was intended for their own dinners, and thus, in little more than an hour, an impromptu
entertainment was prepared sufficient to feed six hundred hungry troops.
The largest crowd ever seen in Roanoke
gathered at the depot, where a most cheering sight greeted their eyes.
Six hundred gallant troops from Louisiana
were hurrying with railroad speed to the defence of the Old Dominion, fully armed, equipped, and ready for active service.--Amongst several beautiful flags there was one that struck me as most becoming and emblematic.
On one side of its ample folds were the words ‘"Louisiana Guards;"’on the other, ‘"Louisiana
is our home — her cause is ours."’The graceful wreaths of sugar cane
and cotton plant
around these glowing words gave them a striking and beautiful effect.
This is the third detachment of Southern troops that has passed on to Lynchburg
, and ‘"the cry is still they come."’ To-morrow 1,000 Tennesseeans are expected, and during the coming week several thousand more from Alabama
Thus the glorious Southern column is moving to drive back the vandal hordes of Abraham Lincoln
Yes, let them come.! We defy them and their worse than savage threats.--The people throughout this whole country are becoming thoroughly aroused.
‘"Little Roanoke" ’ don't intend to be behind-hand in the patriotic cause.
She will send four, perhaps five, volunteer companies.
The Salem Flying Artillery, seventy-five strong, and composed of some of the best material in the county, are rapidly preparing for active service.
They are commanded by Capt. Hupp
; Heary E. Blair
, 1st Lieutenant
; David C. Shark
, 2d, and Warren L. Jeter
The Roanoke Greys are also nearly ready.
They are commanded by Capt. Robert C. Allen
, a graduate of the Institute
; Madison P. Deyerle
, (also from the Institute
,) 1st Lieutenant
; Chas. W. Burwell
, 2d, and Wm. Watts
This company will be one hundred strong, and will embrace a fine body of soldiers.
The ladies have been actively engaged for a week past in making uniforms, and preparing bandages and lint.
This county gave a Union majority
in February, but now we are heartily united for secession.
The deceitful and treacherous course of ‘"old Abe,"’ his declaration of war, and violent usurpation of power in blockading our ports, have shown him to be at heart our enemy.
With all our might we intend to resist his tyranny, and with one voice do say--‘"Remember him, the villain, righteous Heaven, In thy great day of vengeance; blast the man And his perfidious counsels, who, for power, The pride of greatness, or its scourge, Would plunge his native land in civil war."’