Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
Old Mecklenburg thoroughly aroused.
Clarksville, Va., April 17th
On Saturday night last, the Roanoke Guards
paraded in honor of Edmund Ruffin
, whose career in South Carolina
has been unanimously approved of by the people in this section of the country.
Accompanied by a torchlight : procession, the "Guards" proceeded up Main street, and having halted it front of one of our most noble edifices, were addressed by T. T. Boswell
and E. K. Harris
endorsed the course of South Carolina
in resisting he usurpations of Black Republicanism, and remarked if Jeff. Davis
would march through Virginia
, en route for Washington
, we would join his army and swell out his forces, so that one gaze at his formidable army would be sufficient to cower Black Republicans.
The speech of Mr. Harris
was equally as eloquent, also lucid and terse.
is a young man, and, judging from his intellectual endowments, bids fair to become renowned.
On Sunday last, notwithstanding it being the day appointed unto all men for rest, we were willing to undergo a little fatigue to hear from the gallant State of South Carolina
So we temporarily obtained the cars belonging to the Roanoke Valley Railroad, and proceeded to the Junction
, with the secession flag floating proudly in the breeze, attached to the locomotive When we ascertained that Fort Sumter
had been taken, we gave several cheers for South Carolina
After having heard such good news, we returned home.
On the same evening, an affray occurred in our streets, which terminated in the capture of Fort Chandler by General Wilkinson
If either of these gentlemen should see this in print, they might become irritated on account of my exposing their names to the public, so I avail myself of this opportunity to make the requisite apologies.
It is useless to add, that old Mecklenburg
is unanimous for secession.
While I write, there are two secession flags within sight.
The students of the Male Academy have hoisted a secession flag, and I understand there are two more about to be raised.
In the town of Clarksville
, there are six secession flags.
So you see we are all right here.