Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
military zeal in Alabama--valuable Invention. &c.
Florence, Ala., May 25th.
In this part of the State
we voted for the Union
by a large majority, and our own county was almost unanimous for it; but when the Lincoln Government
unmasked itself and proclaimed their coercion policy, the war whoop was raised and the echo has reached every Southern heart, thoroughly arousing her true patriotism.
Every one is eager for the strife when it comes.
Our county has turned out already ever four hundred volunteers, the greater portion of them being men of wealth and high standing.
There are still other companies forming.
I have as yet not enrolled my name as a volunteer; but, when the conflict comes, I will be found in the ranks of my own beloved South.
An ingenious resident of our county, (Mr. James Wright
,) has invented a breach-loading rifled cannon, possessing such material advantages as an efficient and destructive weapon of warfare, as will enable our army to cope with anything in that live which they have at the North
The inventor is now having it patented, and is making extensive preparations for having them manufactured in large numbers.
He will soon leave here for your city.