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The military force of the State.

The Adjutant General of Virginia, in his report to the Governor, estimates the sum of men in the State subject to militia duty 140,000, notwithstanding the detection and treachery of a large section. Of below Island above 45 years of age, and exempt, many are now in active and many more will be there if needed. There are now in commission, including in active service, troops of cavalry, companies of artillery, 404 of light infantry riflemen, and the State has now in service of the Confederate Government, regiment of volunteers, including cavalry, artillery, light infantry, and riflemen of enlisted men, and one of militia of the line. The issues of and ordnance stores of every description have far exceeded the supposed resources of the State, and have absorbed almost the entire contents of both the depot at the armory at Richmond and that at Lexington.

During the last twelve months there were issues from the State Ordnance Department at Richmond 282 pieces of artillery, 63,402 muskets, ,22 miles, 243 carbines, 114 musket pistols, and 6,927 swords, besides vast amount of ammunition and accountants of every description. Gen. Richardson says in his report.

Indeed, if anything more could have been done by the State authorities than has been my conception even to imagine it was. The fact is, that from the and Commander-in-Chief, down all the military departments, there has been unremitting exertion, by day and night, and entire devotion to the great of Southern independence.

From the day that Virginia seceded from State Union, and resuming her sovereignty, with the Confederate States, she has been gallantly and nobly sustained by her and by the chivalric sons of the --and although not so well prepared for which has been forced upon us, as we might have been, if the event had been the result has shown that she was prepared not only than any of the of the Confederacy, but than any of those which composed the late Union, except the State of New York.

In this contest she occupies the most exposed and perilous position, and none can deny that she has acted up to her whole duty, that the Virginia of 1861 has degenerated from the Virginia of 1776.

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