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Patriotic movement.

--We are gratified to learn that the officers employed in the civil departments of the Government in this city are not behind their fellow-citizens throughout the entire Confederacy in their devoted and firm determination to drive back the Northern robbers from the sacred soil of Virginia, and especially to save the capital from the political ruin and social desolation which have followed their occupation of Nashville, Norfolk, New Orleans, and Memphis. The wishes of the President of the Confederate States, that the employees in the several Departments should organize themselves, into a corps of defence in such form of organization as they might most conducive to this end, a meeting of the chiefs of bureaus and clerks in the General Post-Office department was yesterday held in one of the large halls of that building, which was organized by calling to the Chair Mr. H. St. George Offutt, Acting Postmaster General, and the selection of J. B. Ezed as Secretary. In brief but patriotic words the Chairman conveyed to the meeting the request of our Chief Magistrate, and it would be less than justice to omit expressing the opinion of all present that the ardent devotion to the success of our cause which prompted and inspired that request, suffered no diminution in its translation into Mr. Offutt's an assuming but eloquent language.

The meeting was immediately organized into a corps of defence of the city of Richmond at such time and in such manner, but not to conflict with the proper discharge of their official duties, as would be indicated by the Secretary of War, through whom its services, on the above conditions, are to be tendered to the President. The following officers were elected: John L. Harrell, Captain, Alabama: B. Fuller, 1st Lieutenant, North Carolina; J. Frank Boone, 2d Lieutenant, Maryland; T. P. Atticus Bibb, 3d Lieutenant, Alabama. We learn that similar movements are on foot in the other Departments. This speaks well for the patriotism of the civil officers of the Government, whose official duties are often more laborious than the severest routine of active camp life.

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