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The torchlight procession and illumination last night.

--The demonstration by the citizens last night was on a scale commensurate with the occasion which it was designed to celebrate. We venture to say that the oldest inhabitant never witnessed more unanimity on the part of the people than was observable. The illumination was at first designed only to evidence our appreciation of Southern valor as displayed recently in the taking of one of Lincoln's strongholds in Charleston harbor. It was, however, in consequence of the glorious action of the sovereign representatives of Virginia in emancipating her from Yankee domination made to testify our approval of that glorious act of her sons. It was right that it should be so, for our people generally are relieved from a painful sense of oppression. They know now that they stand in the front rank of those who will assert Southern equality, even to the death, if it need be so, and they are ready and anxious to try the strength of patriots moved by the purest impulses, with that of the insolent usurper with his hireling cohorts. It was right that we should evince the joy that burned in every breast, and nobly did every heart respond to the sacred call.

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