Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
affairs in Mecklenburg.
Clarksville, Va., July 1, 1861.
Old Mecklenburg is by no means the least among the counties of Virginia
in size, wealth and numbers.
In refinement of its population, she is among the first rank, and, as I will presently show, in patriotism perhaps the first of the State
Glorious Old Dominion!
We in Clarksville
were the first to declare for secession per se,
and first in the State
to ratify the secession by a grand illumination and torch light procession.
As you might suppose, we have not been content with talking only, but, six companies already in the service, as good as the best, and two others organized and soon to rendezvous in your city, will back up pretty well the position assumed at first; and if this won't do, the ninth and tenth company, nearly complete, will be a perfect quietus to all disposed to complain.
, also, will be in the field with the gallant Wise
in a short, time, the one to fight, the other to preach, and both to wield the sword-logic in routing the disloyalty of the traitors of the Northwest
and Macon College is closed, and two of the Professors
are already, and the rest will soon be, in the field, to take their places with their brethren in driving the invader from our soil.
The ladies are bearing a noble part in this strife — all have, as with magic, become taloresses; and; with the greatest energy, uniformed our gallant boys; and they part with them with tearful smiles.
Woe be to the cowardly sprite whose patriotism does not urge him to the defence of the land, and whose gallantry should induce him to woo the fair daughters of Mecklenburg
Some have, doubtless, gone with this motive mainly driving them; but the most have gone in the right spirit, and we are not afraid to hear of their report should they meet the enemy.