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The Fourth

--Saturday last, the 4th of July, was ushered in with the booming of distant cannon; not in commemoration of the day, but in vindication of our independence, now threatened by foe more savage than any our forefathers had to meet. Citizen soldiers, too, were out in force, and flags fluttered in the breeze; but the first were making no holiday parades, and the last were the glorious banners under which Southern arms had repeatedly vanquished a cruel foe, and under which our gallant soldiery were again marching to victory. We trust that the operations of our army on Saturday may give future generations cause to feel proud of their deeds, and that in time to come it may truly be celebrated as the anniversary of Southern independence from Abolition rule and Yankee influence.

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