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Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
the twenty Fourth Virginia Regiment.

Camp Pryor, Prince William Co., July 10th, 1861.
The situation of the 24th is quite pleasant, and we have enough excitement to make it interesting. We soldiers think ourselves peculiarly blessed in having such comfortable quarters and such good fare, and although we are, and have been, on an outpost station and necessarily exposed to danger, yet none of us object to it on that account. Furthermore, we have reason to thank our stars for having such a set of officers. They are, with very few exceptions, a set of high-toned, honorable gentlemen, from Corporals to Colonel I am free to admit that I came into the regiment with a prejudices against Col. Early, owing to his Pentium nations while in the Convention, yet I am happy to say that all this prejudices has been dissipated, and I believe he is one among the best officers of the Southern army, and that he possesses in an eminent degree that coolness and judgment which will lead to certain success. Our Lieut. Colonel, Hairston, though a young man, is one of the best military men in the State.

I did not begin with an intention of praising my officers, as they do not need it, but simply to let the many friends we have left at home hear from us through your paper. Our men are generally quite healthy, and to take them as a whole they are the most robust set of men I ever saw. They are very cheerful, and ready and willing for a brush with the Yankees atony moment. Those who have been sick have found good homes in the houses of the generous neighbors around our camp One of our men is now at Mr. Drawner's, whose lady has been all to him that a mother could be, and for her kind attention to him and the soldiers generally she has endeared herself to us by the strongest ties. Such disinterested goodness ought not to go unnoticed. May the richest blessings of heaven be here.

There is some great movement going on, but we privates don't know anything about it. Some say that the Yankees are advancing upon Occoquan, others say differently. One thing is certain, there is something in the wind. The flying artillery passed our camp yesterday. Henry.

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