To be released.
--The newspapers noticed the fact, a short time since, that a number of Tunkers (sometimes called Dunkards) had been arrested by the military authorities while endeavoring to escape from Rockingham county
, in this State, to Pennsylvania
The persons alluded to, to the number of forty and odd, were duly brought to this city and placed in durance till their intentions could be ascertained.
They are a singular people; profess to be German Baptists, and are really the descendants of Pennsylvania
Dutchmen, who have settled in Virginia
They wear long beards, get up as patriarchal an appearance as circumstances will admit of, and profess to be non-combatants.
This was the reason assigned by them for fleeing towards the enemy and from their old homes.
We learn that twenty-five of these so called Tunkers, since their stay here, have signified a desire to join Col. Baldwin
's regiment, which is composed mostly of citizens of Augusta
They have been released from confinement for that purpose.
Eleven other Tunkers, non-combatants by nature and education, and with names smelling considerably of sauerkraut, were released on complying with the State
and Confederate laws respecting taxation and the duty of citizens to the community in whose bosom they are protected and sheltered.