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[correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.]
the city — the Confederate Cadets — the recent news from the West.

Petersburg, Sept. 29, 1861.
The city has been comparatively quiet for the past few days, and all things here have moved on in the even tenor of their way, excepting, occasionally, the monotonous scenery is changed by the arrival and departure of soldiers, marching cheerfully onward to aid in driving back the Hessians, whose unholy feet now press upon the soil of our glorious old Commonwealth; but, with our trust in the God of battles, and relying, as we do, upon the courage and fixed determination of our brave men who have abandoned the contorts and luxuries of their quiet homes to share in the perils of warfare, and inasmuch as a kind Providence has thus far smiled upon us, we may reasonably expect, at no distant day, to have peace and prosperity in our Southern Confederacy.

The "Confederate Cadets," now numbering about sixty-five men, and commanded by Capt. J. B. Laurens, have received marching orders, and will leave here on Tuesday morning for Norfolk. This will make the sixteenth company that has left this city since the beginning of the war, and they have left behind them some three or four Home Guard companies, which, if need be, they, too, would buckle on their armor and march to aid in establishing the liberty and independence of the South. The "Cadets" may well congratulate themselves upon their good fortune of securing the services of Capt. Laurens, whose military experience in the Mexican war eminently qualifies him for the position he now occupies, and I bespeak for this corps, as well as those that have preceded them, a good account of themselves should they ever come in contact with any of Lincoln's hirelings.

The glorious news of the brilliant victory of Gen. Price and his forces at Lexington, Mo., reached us yesterday, and caused much rejoicing among our citizens; and ere long, perchance, we shall hear that the combined forces of Floyd, Lee, and Wise, have had a battle in Western Virginia; and if such should be a fact, I trust it will result in the complete annihilation of Rosencranz and his entire army.

The weather is now quite cool, and thick clothing and comfortable fires are in great demand.


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