Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
Christiansburg, May 18, 1861.
In this gallant old county the war feeling is still up, and finds our people united in resistance to the dogmas of the old Ape at Washington
Two more companies are getting ready to offer their services to the State
, and I am glad to say both will be commanded by efficient and popular officers.
Capt. Jas. P. Hammet
has a company of sixty at Central depot, and Captain E. Fowlkes
, at this place, has fifty-six men, who are ready and willing to serve as defenders of Virginia
These two companies, with the three already in the field, will put our number up to 375 good and true men in the service.
Double this number can be obtained whenever there is necessity, or whenever there is a call.
We have an efficient mounted police for home protection, under the command of Captain A. J. Lucas
, numbering 100 good and true men; and I think in this company of old men, 75 good soldiers would offer their services to the State
whenever the necessity occurs.
They are determined to resist Northern aggression to the last.
There is but one opinion among our people.
Mr. R. D. Montague
was nominated for the House of Delegates at our last Court.
All parties met, and the nomination was made by acclamation.
A man by the name of Enos Price
was arrested last night for tampering with slaves.
His tool, a slave of Dr. Otey
, near Blacksburg
, operated for him in stealing; but Price
heard that Dr. Otey
had a large sum of money in his house, and he tried to get the boy to join him in his hellish plot.
This the slave could not stand, and betrayed Price
The circumstances are very strong against him, and he will be tried at next Court.
The crops of wheat, rye and oats are fine — I think the best we have had for years.