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[Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.]

the war spirit — village improvements — wounded soldiers --deaths — the corn crop.

Druid's Oak, (near Louisa C. H., Va.,) September 23, 1861.
I have concluded to drop you a few lines from this old royal-named and true-hearted county. The people here have nobly risen to the call of their country. It would be noticeable indeed if Louisa, in which once lived the world-famous Patrick Henry, and whose sublime enthusiasm for liberty still overshadows the land, should now prove recreant to the memories that breathe and burn in her atmosphere.

Louisa Court-House is now a beautiful village, several tasteful specimens of architecture having been erected within the last four years.

There are now here several sick and wounded soldiers, brought from the bloodstained plains of immortal Manassas. It is with more than pleasure that I can say that these poor men have received that Virginian hospitality and affectionate attention which cause the name of our State to be uttered with peculiar respect, wherever the flag of the Southern Confederacy floats. I regret to say that eight deaths have occurred here.

Cannonading is heard here quite frequently; always in the direction of Aquia Creek. On Thursday last a great many reports were distinctly heard by many persons during the day, and only ceased when the shadows of evening stole over the lea. I often think, what is the meaning of that voice that reverberates so many miles over the sea and the land? Does it not say the fiend oppressor is doomed, and that true manliness prefers death to dishonor? Some, indeed, there are, who, like Æsop's dogs, prefer a master if a golden chain be around their neck; but there are wolves who despise the badge of shame, and fly to the freedom of nature.

I am glad to inform you that the present crop of Indian corn is made, and is an excellent yield, though some of it was planted late in the spring. Tobacco is doing well.

B. A. J.

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