Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
Affairs in Fincastle.
Fincastle, Va., August 14, 1861.
Some days ago we had lively times in our town, occasioned by the daily assembling of the militia, who were called together for the purpose of holding themselves in readiness to march whenever the call from the Governor
Upon the first occasion of their drill they were informed by their commanding officer that ten per cent, of the white population was required to be represented in the field before the county could be exempted from the liability of a draft; one hundred was then wanting to complete that number, and unless they were speedily furnished the militia would be called out en masse.
Under these circumstances many stepped forward and volunteered their services in the defence of their country; and I believe the quota of Botetourt
, amounting to upwards of eight hundred, has been, or will be, furnished in a few days.
Several companies belonging to Floyd
's Brigade have passed through on their way to the Northwest
, and also a troop from Tennessee
who intended to join Gen. Wise
at the White Sulphur
They were all fine looking men, and will doubtless afford material aid in driving the base minions of Lincoln
from the sacred soil which they have polluted with their footsteps.