Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
Affairs in King George.
Port Conway, Va., July 18, 1861.
Notwithstanding the call was anticipated, our militia was considerably ‘"flurried" ’ upon the appearance of Gov. Letcher
's late proclamation.
While there is no lack of proper zeal for the cause, nor want of nerve to meet the conflict in which they have been called upon to engage, yet there are many who find themselves surrounded by such circumstances as render it next to impossible for them to leave their homes.
Great indeed will be the sacrifice in many individual cases, but all personal interests and considerations must now be made to yield to the higher service we owe to our country.
The various militia companies of the county will rendezvous at our Court-House on Monday next, where they will remain to await further orders.
At Mathias' Point
all has been quiet for the past ten or twelve days. There have been some cases of sickness among the soldiers there, but none have as yet proved fatal.
A most melancholy accident occurred in our midst on Monday last Mr. Wm. J. W. Greer
and C. H. Spilman
, the former a resident of this county and Postmaster at Shiloah
, the latter a son of Mr. Wm. L. Spilman
, while bathing with a party of other gentlemen in Rosier's Creek.
were swept off by the current and drowned.
Their bodies have since been recovered.
leaves a large family, upon whom the saddest affliction has fallen by this melancholy occurrence.
He was a man of the most generous impulses, kind and affectionate in his family, and highly esteemed as a friend and neighbor.
, though but a lad, was universally beloved.
Brave almost to a fault, yet so amiable in his disposition and exhibiting such manly and noble traits of character as to endear himself to all with whom he was brought in contact.