[Special Dispatch to the Richmond Dispatch.]
Warlike preparations in North Carolina--
Weldon, N. C., April 19.
--The passengers on the train from Wilmington
, to-day, were surprised at almost every point on the road by the energetic preparations for war. At Enfield
, two companies of troops were starting for Fort Macon
, to garrison that point.--The North Carolinians
have awoke with an energy that will be terrible to their enemies.
I hear that a company of 23 free colored men have volunteered their services in throwing up sand batteries.
John Long, a wealthy citizen, has subscribed $2,000 to procure arms for the troops, and a messenger left this afternoon for Richmond
, commissioned to make the purchase.
Secession flags dot the country along the route from Wilmington
, and even the negroes waved the Confederate
banner at the cars as they passed.