The people of Richmond during the Raids.
--A correspondent of the Atlanta (Ga.) Appeal,
writing from Richmond
during the recent raid or advance of Gen. Dix
on this city, has the following:
If the disembodied-spirits of those who have passed away from us have any cognizance of what is transacting in the sphere they once inhabited, then may we suppose that the departed patriots of the Revolution of 1776--the Lees, and Henrys, and Washingtons, and the noble army of their compeers — look down approvingly upon the scenes presented in the capital of Virginia
this 3d day of July, 1863. All the stores are closed.
Even the Post-Office has been emptied of its clerks.
The haunts of trade are hushed, and the haunts of vice and wickedness are awed into decorum.
A more than Sabbath stillness reigns over the whole city.
Everything sordid seems to have faded out in the light of patriotism.
Everything vile has crept away into the darkness it loves.
Yesterday morning the summons came for all men capable of bearing arms to assemble, without, loss of time, at the places of rendezvous that had been previously agreed upon.--In less than an hour from the first stroke of the bell, a force of several thousand men, fully equipped and ready for active service, were in line.
All classes of citizens came forward.
The merchant left his desk, the lawyer put aside his books, the judge laid down his papers, the divine deferred the completion of his next Sunday's sermon "to a more convenient season," one and all taking up the trusty musket and looking out for his company.
War brings out the noblest qualities of manhood after all. It induces the most precious of all sacrifices, that of selfishness.
It was, indeed, a sublime spectacle, this prompt and cheerful consecration of self and all material interests to the safety of the Confederate
Not less beautiful was the calmness of the woman, whose cheeks took no pallor from the solemn toll of the signal bell, and who went to their accustomed rest with a prayer for the protection of their homes and hearths, prepared for any emergency that might arise.
There has been no running off from Richmond
, no hurried sending away of valuables; in short, no thought of anything beyond the defence of the city at all hazards, and to the last extremity.