The Augusta Volunteers.
The Staunton Spectator
pays a just tribute to the splendid garlentary of the Augusta
volunteers, who, with a company from Winchester
, making in all only three hundred and eighty men, repulsed in the action of the 2d inst, nine thousand of the enemy three times, held them in shock for two hours, and killed about two hundred of them, wounding many more, and capturing forty prisoners; while their loss was only three killed and eight or nine wounded. When, to avoid the danger of being flanked by the enemy, they retreated, it was at a very slow pace, firing with deadly effect all the time.
, who witnessed their heroic conduct, remarked that it was with the greatest difficulty they could be made to obey the most peremptory orders to retreat.
The enemy may judge from this specimen whether his march through the Valley of Virginia
is to be a more triumphal procession.--We know enough of these mountaineers to feel assured that they cannot be conquered by any race which inhabits this or any other continent.
They are men, each and all of them; men who ‘"know their rights, and knowing dare maintain them. "’ They have been endowed by Providence
with a beautiful heritage, with quiet and religious homes, with civil and social blessings such as few other men enjoy, and they fully understand and appreciate their privileges.
If they yield these blessings, if they surrender the sacredness of their home and the rewards of their industry, thrift and sobriety, without making every foot of the Valley of Virginia
red with the blood of the invaders, we confess that we know nothing of human character, and especially of the character of the Highlanders