--A letter containing some account of affairs in North western Virginia
, written by an officer who has just returned from Barbour county
The bogus Government has been able to collect but a very small portion of its taxes from the people on Barbour
The sheriffs, &c., have to be supported by a company of armed men, and are bushwhacked at every step.
There is a settlement on Sandy Creek
called Guinea Town
, peopled by quadroons and free negroes, numbering about one hundred arms bearing men, who refuse to give up the arms heretofore Issued them by the Yankee Government
marched on them 120 strong, and were met and repulsed by these settlers three different times, killing five and wounding eleven.
They were masters of the situation at last accounts.
They want the substance as well as the shadow of freedom.
They inquired of Capt.
--if we would receive them as a company in our service.
The Union men of Northern Virginia
have despaired of subjugating the South
, but expect West Virginia
to be held by the Federal Government
, and the independence of the balance acknowledged — The people of that section say that the question of another Confederacy is being mooted in Indiana
and Southern illinois
and Northern Ohio
, privately, and that it may culminate even as soon as the next Presidential election.
God speed it.