Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
excitement in the Southwest--Doings of the "Union" men.
Holston Bridge, Scott Co., Va., July 22d, 1861.
Our heretofore quiet and peaceful vicinity was thrown into consternation this morning by a messenger to Estillville, reporting that a body of troops was then at Pattonsville
, twenty miles West of our town.
Runners were sent in various directions, and notwithstanding the rain poured down in torrents, by twelve o'clock the whole country was in arms, to the amount of several hundred.
Old men, forgetting their infirmities, rushed to the scene with their guns.
The facts seem to be, a company was organizing in the edge of Tennessee
for the service, when they were surrounded by a body of ‘"Union"’ men, and forced off to Sneedville
, either to force them to take the oath to support the East Tennessee
resolutions, or to commit them to jail.
Great excitement prevails, and a hundred rumors are afloat.