Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
War spirit in Charlottesville.
Charlottesville, Va., April 19, 1861.
The war spirit is fully manifest by all persons here.
Two companies in town, and two from the University
, left here on Wednesday night for Harper's Ferry
There was a firm determination with them all to fight and conquer.
While waiting for the train, the University
soldiers stood for three hours in unbroken ranks, every one panting to meet the foe. Speeches were delivered to perhaps fifteen hundred persons assembled at the depot, by Col. R. R. Prentis
, and Prof. Holmes
, of the University
, Hon. S. F. Leake
, of Charlottesville
, and Mr. Berry
, of Alexandria
. --When Mr. Leake
said,‘"Fellow-citizens of the Confederate States
of the South
, "’ a shout went up such as never before was heard in this vicinity.
Last night a Home Guard was formed in town, of sixty persons over 45 years of age--Col. Prentis
, A. P. Abell
A fine military corps was also formed at the University
, of eighty students, who elected Professor Bledsoe Captain
is now where she ought to have been four months since — out of the Union
May God protect and bless the Common wealth of Virginia
, and cause her speedily to unite with the Confederate States
of the South