[correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.]
things in the old North State
--Crops — Cotton in Distend — refugees — the Wives of our Generals
, &c., &c.,
Charlotte, N. C., July 9, 1862.
The approaching election of Governor is exciting much interest, and much feeling is manifested by the friends of the candidates--Col. Vance
and Col. Johnson
The papers throughout the State
are much exercised on the subject, and it is impossible to say what will be the result.
It is confessed, however, that both of the distinguished candidates are good and true men.
Corn looks well, and with a favorable season, an immense crop will be realized.
Cotton is commanding large prices, though the planters will hardly sell at all now. Large quantities of this staple are stored away in this portion of the State
, Since the great victory at Richmond
, cotton can't be bought for less than from 15 to 20 cents per pound, and not much could be bought even at that, There is a belief now that a good time is coming," and that King Cotton is about to resume his reign.
is filled up with refugees.
There are several hundred here from Norfolk
, Government factories are being established, and every one can find employment.
This is the home of Major General D. H. Hill
, For years he has been Professor
in the Military Institutes
is here on a visit to her sister, Mrs. General Hill
When Gen. Hill
in Washington College, Lexington, Va.
, his wife's sister paid his family a visit, and General Stonewall
, then Professor
in the Military Institute there, formed her acquaintance.
Thus it happens that these two brave men are brothers in law. Their father in law is a Presbyterian clergyman, and lives near this place.
By the way, both General Jackson
and General Hill
are elders in the Presbyterian church. Gen. Hill
's influence here is unbounded.
Among the Yankee
prisoners at Salisbury
is a chaplain, who was taken by General D. H. Hill
. --He says that, having heard of what a pions man the General
was, and belonging to the same church with him, he expected to be treated with some consideration by that officer; but that, upon asking sundry favors, he found that his ecclesiastical relation was of little service, and that he is inclined to think that the General
has a small opinion even of a preacher
who comes to aid in subduing the South