The spirit of our people.
--A correspondent of the Lexington Gazette, writing from Strasburg
, June 13, announces the occupation of Romney
by the Federalists, and says:
"This morning as this news began to circulate among the gentry of the country, an excitement was produced the like of which this region has not witnessed since the wild days of the Revolution and the old French war.--Old men and young, men of almost every standing, rushed to their houses, took down their rifles and guns, slung their shot pouches and powder horns, saddled their horses and put right off for Winchester
, almost without a word of adieu to their families.--In a few hours the road from this place to Newtown
, between this and Winchester
, was lined with troops, baggage wagons, and our country militia, armed with any kind of weapon, some on horseback and some on foot, all fired with a solemn and firm resolve to whip the dastardly Yankees
back from Virginia
soil, or die in the effort to do so. One man, (Joseph Miller
,) an old man with grandchildren, left his work in his field, leaving his coat hanging on the fence, rushed home, obtained his rifle, &c., mounted his horse, and put off in his shirt sleeves.
I heard of him pushing on through Newtown
without coat or collar, just as he left his house.
might as well try to turn back the waters of Niagara
as to attempt to conquer such a population as this Valley contains.