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Disregard of militia Orders — what will be the result.

A large portion of the militia of this city are showing an utter carelessness and inattention with regard to the drills of their companies and battalions. These delinquents are evidently ignorant of the character of the man they have to deal with. The same unpatriotic and stubborn game was attempted by the militia in Petersburg, and the result was that Gov. Letcher ordered the whole body into camp, some distance from the city, where they were put through the infantry drill from three to four times a day, besides the pleasant little incident of guard duty in all sorts of weather and confinement to camp. Guards were sent into the city and every man enrolled as liable to militia duty carried out. This stay in camp, we believe, lasted about two weeks, and is to be repeated when the attendance on drill becomes thin again. In this city the disregard of orders has been fully as flagrant as in Petersburg, and will bring on the parties the same agreeable results. The Governor has ordered and determined that the militia be "instructed in the drill," and they will get that instruction in the city if they attend to it, or they will get it in a camp of instruction. They have their choice, and we hope that there will be a sufficient outpouring of the militia spirit to save them from being sent to that bourne from whence no militiaman returns without a furlough from the commanding officer.

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