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Virginia, which has chiefly given her own domain as the battle field of the South, and interposed her own heart between the sword of the usurper and its destined victim. The writer says: ‘ "When the revolution burst upon the Border States, in April last, and the old fogies of the Convention were driven by the overwhelming force of public opinion to recognize the existence of war, the State was barely prepared to make a respectable defence. But the indomitable people rushed upon the Navy-Yard and Harper's Ferry and captured them. They armed with whatever weapons they possessed and marched to those points most threatened by the enemy; and from the time when few in numbers, poorly armed, uniformed and disciplined, they threw themselves into the breach to stem the tide of Northern invasion, until this day, when they have in the field a splendid army of fifty thousand men, under command of one of the ablest and most distinguished Generals in the service, they have participated in every battle and skirmish with the enemy, and in every case but one the main causes of victory were due to them. At Fairfax Court-House, Aquia Creek, Pigs' Point, Mathias' Point, New Creek, and Romney, our forces were composed principally of Virginians. Their artillery companies did very much towards gaining the battle of Great Bethel and the fight at Vienna, and they were well represented at Sewell's Point. The gallantry of such men as Jackson, the hero of Alexandria; the brothers Ashby, who slew Hessians at Romney as Richard Cœur de Leon slew infidels in Palestine, and Capt. Marr, is not outshone in the annals of the old Revolution." ’ It gives us pleasure to witness this generous appreciation of Virginia, an appreciation which, we believe, with an occasional exception, is universal in the whole South.
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