Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
the first secession flag — another Claimant.
Mt. Laurel, Halifax, Va, Jan. 11, 1861.
I beg leave to inform you of your mistake in supposing that the first secession flag in Virginia
"was raised on the 10th of December, for one was raised here on the night of the 7th of that month by the students of Mt. Laurel Academy, assisted by three or four of the peculiar institution.
It is twelve feet long and six wide.
The device is a Palmetto tree, with the motto South Carolina
has the lead, let Virginia
follow." on one side, and on the other, fifteen stars arranged in a semi circle, with "Southern Confederacy" beneath.
It may be proper to state that several of the students are from the Cotton States
, though Virginians
were not the lead in this.
The secession feeling is so strong here that even the negroes are wearing the blue cockade.