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Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
Old Louisa in the field.

Louisa C. H., Va., April 19, 1861.
Our little village was thrown into a great state of excitement on Wednesday last, by the reception of a dispatch commanding our volunteer company — the "Louisa Blues"--to prepare for an extra train that evening, to take them to Harper's Ferry. The dispatch took all by surprise, as we had no intimation of it before, but there was not a moment's hesitation or delay. Capt. Murray, and several members of his company, were just about to take the cars for Richmond to offer the services of the company to the Governor, when the summons came. A meeting was immediately called, scouts were sent to the country to inform the members of the company of it, and, although the notice was so short, and the men scattered over an area of 12 or 15 miles, they responded nobly to the call, and mustered in full force at the appointed hour.

Rev. Mr. Waggoner, of the Methodist Church, made them an eloquent speech, assuring them of the warm sympathies and fervent prayers of those left behind, and commending them to the "God of battles." A large number of our people attended them to the cars, and they went off amid waving of handkerchiefs by the ladies, and the deafening cheers of the multitude. Old Louisa has for some months past been a stronghold of secessionism, but there is but one sentiment here now, and that is "do or die" for Southern rights. Among the first in the field, she will be always ready to respond to the call of duty, and the last to desert the flag of Southern equality now floating to the breeze from her Court-House. Personally, I am exempt by law from military duty, (being a minister of the gospel,) but I claim no exemption, and shall be found with my brave countrymen in the thickest of the fight.


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