A correspondent of the Alexandria Gazette writes from Harper's Ferry
, May 7th.
The news of the seizure of the Relay House
by the Northern
troops was received here yesterday.
This part of the programme was somewhat unexpected.
It was not thought that Lincoln
would extend the limits of his military operations beyond Annapolis
, until after the expiration of the 20 days of grace.
Several persons arrived here last night from Baltimore
They give different accounts of the number of troops stationed at the Relay
But the majority concurred in saying that there were not less than 1,300.
They say that their trunks were broken open at the Washington junction
, their carpet-bags cut open, and their baggage generally subjected to a vigorous search.
This is but a foretaste of the outrages upon private rights.
From these Baltimorean, I learned that Maryland
is confounded by the display of superior force, at present.
Flying rumors about the collection of Pennsylvania
troops upon the Maryland
line are in constant circulation here.
But it is hard to tell what to believe.
Many here are exceedingly anxious to march, but I suppose that no attack will be made upon any point in Maryland
without some invitation from the authorities of that State.
It is said here, and believed by many that 5,000 Federal troops will take possession of Frederick city to-day.
It is certain that arrangements are being made there for the accommodation of a large number of troops.
It is said that Carlile
, from Harrison county, Va.
, is in Pennsylvania
endeavoring to raise men and troops to resist Virginia
.--There is no doubt of the fact that there is much disaffection in two or three counties in the northwest portion of Virginia
, but even in these, there will be a large majority for obeying the mandates of their mother.
From all accounts the whole Valley is tip in arms.
Dr. Dan Courad
, son of Robt. Y. Conrad
, has been imprisoned in Massachusetts
for refusing to take an oath of allegiance to the Federal Government
His father has gone North to see about it. If the Northern
people persist in treating the citizens of the South
in this way, they had better look to the security of themselves.
So generous and patriotic are the citizens of the surrounding counties, that I understand several loads of grain and hay had to be sent back yesterday, on the ground that the granaries were all full.
The citizens heresay that they consider their all involved in this contest, and that they laid all their available means at the disposition of Virginia
On Sunday 500 Kentuckian reached here.
They were without arms, except bowie-knives
blue linsey, well fitting their stout muscular forms, they presented quite an agreeable and formidable appearance.
They are in high spirits, and disposed to grumble at nothing except inactivity.
We love Kentucky
now more than ever.
The eldest child of Virginia
, she is the first to rally to her defence.
A large body of troops will to day gather at Grafton
, under the command of Major Boy
kins, of Richmond Cavalry companies are forming all along the border counties, and the very first attempt that is made by Northern troops to invade Virginia
, an army of 10,000 horsemen will rise up before them.
Yours, &c., Brutus