Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
military matters — arrest — good Appointment.
Fincastle, Va., July 6th, 1861.
has done nobly in sending her brave and gallant sons to the field to resist Northern aggression, and to aid in driving back the base hirelings of Lincoln
Five companies have already been mustered into service, and two more are in process of formation.
They are composed mostly of our strong, healthy, mountain boys, and when the time comes for them to strike for their homes and liberty, they will win for themselves a bright place in the annuals of history.
Our town was thrown into some excitement on last Friday, occasioned by the arrest of a supposed Yankee, by Capt. Figgat
and one of his privates.
Said Yankee upon a close examination by Capt.
F., adduced evidence proving himself to be a loyal citizen of Virginia
, and was consequently discharged from custody, with an expression of regret that in such perilous times the necessity existed for the exercise of such a rigid course towards strangers.
This community feels greatly indebted to Capt. Figgat
for his untiring vigilance and activity in arresting all suspicious characters, and the duties incumbent upon such an office could not be better discharged by any one than he upon whom it is imposed.
A feeling of entire confidence pervades the breast of every one as to the complete success which a waits our army in the glorious cause for which it is battling, and this feeling is occasioned by the justness of our struggle and the ability of our officers.
In this connection I would say that it was gratifying to learn that Col. Geo. W. Wilson
had lately received a commission in our army, and that he had been instructed to hold himself in readiness for further orders, thus indicating his early assignment to a command.
W. is well known as a gentleman of high social qualities, untiring energy in low devotion to the rights of the South
; and when he appears upon the field, his great ability as an officer, in connection with his commanding figure will strike terror into the souls of the cowardly minions of the North