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Stragglers

--Since the battle near Williamsburg, last Monday, the city has been gradually filling up with soldiers who have taken the license allowed on such occasions and absented themselves from their respective commands. Why they seek the city, is apparent enough; but why they are allowed to do so when they cannot hope to meet their comrades here is a question nor so easily solved. We do not allude in this connection to the wounded, who, being allowed the option of staying in Williamsburg and enduring a captivity among the Hessians, chose resolutely to foot it to Richmond, a distance of sixty miles, rather than undergo the infliction of even a temporary subjection to the powers of the invading vandals. Thousands of good, serviceable muskets have been thrown away by stout soldiers, either now in Richmond or its vicinity, simply because they had the power, and there was nobody by to prevent them.

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