Our preparations for defence.
In reply to inquiries on this subject, we have no means of stating with certain accuracy the number of well — armed troops now in the service of Virginia
Besides seventy-five thousand Virginia
troops armed to the teeth, there is a large number of Southern soldiers variously estimated at from fifteen to thirty thousand, now here and on their way to the field of action.
In addition to this, the entire male population of the State
, from ten years of age to eighty, have arms and are eager to lend their aid in guerilla or any other kind of warfare that may be necessary.
The celebrated Texas Rangers, Ben McCulloch
, with his Texas
mounted men, is said to be on hand, but obvious considerations suggest that we should not mention his locality.
He will give the enemy some lessons in guerilla fighting which will make them rue the day they ever set out in a war of invasion and plunder.