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The silver Grays,

under the command of Capt R. G. Morriss, are drilling regularly on Capitol Square every Friday afternoon, preparatory to taking the place of the second class militia, should that organization be called to the field. Many of our old and most respected citizens are high privates in the Grays, and just as ready and anxious to do duty as if they were but twenty- five. Should the enemy approach sufficiently near the capital to warrant the authorities in calling the second class militia into active service at the fortifications, then these venerable patriots, their locks white with the frosts of fifty winters, will do military duty within the city. Is there a man beyond military age, not compelled to shoulder his musket, who can stand idly by at such a time as this? Will not the old patriots set a good example to their sons by shouldering their muskets and joining Capt. Morriss? Lee there be no laggards now. The country calls on every man to do his duty.

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