Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
affairs in Rockbridge.
Lexington, Va., May 6th, 1861.
In consequence of the promotion of Capt. McCausland
, of our Artillery company, to the post of Lieut. Colonel
of volunteers, the company unanimously elected the Rev'd Dr. Pendleton
, and he promptly accepted.
is the Rector of the Episcopal Church in this place, and being a graduate of West Point
and having served several years in the Army, is eminently qualified for the post.
This company is now complete, and is armed and equipped and ready to march at short notice.
A neat flag was presented to this company on Friday last by the ladies.
The presentation was made by James D. Davidson
, and it was received by the Captain
and Sergeant J. C. Davis
, both of whom responded to the brief, stirring speech of Mr. Davidson
in most appropriate terms.
The annual muster of the Eighth Regiment of Militia took place the same day — this regiment embraces the one-half only of the county, and notwithstanding two of its companies are now in service, there were in the lines, including three companies of volunteers, full 600 men, a larger number than usually turn out on such occasions.
Old Rockbridge can readily send into the field, whenever it is considered necessary, at least ten companies of volunteers, who will know how to make their mark in an engagement.
Let other counties do better if they can!
The Liberty Hall Volunteers, of Washington College, commanded by Prof. Nelson
, is now fully prepared with arms, &c., to receive orders from headquarters.
The Rockbridge Grays
are still at the V. M. I., acting as a guard to the arsenal and magazine, and receiving valuable instructions in tactics from the few remaining Cadets.
This noble institution is now proving its worth and inestimable importance to the State
, in furnishing the best informed officers and instructors to the volunteer force of Virginia
May the time soon come when it will take its proper position as the ‘"West Point
"’ of the Confederate States
Our County Court met to-day, and adjourned to Thursday next, (all of the Justices
not having been summoned to attend to-day,) when an appropriation of not less than $25,000 will be made to defray the expenses of our volunteers.
The Rockbridge Guards, a Rifle company, was organized last week, with D. P. Curry
, as Captain
, in the new Providence
neighborhood, and is being rapidly equipped to tender its services to the Governor
The ‘"Stay Law"’ is by no means popular in this region — it is hoped that the Convention
will repeal it as soon as it convenes again.