Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
Affairs in North Carolina.
"Camp of Instruction,"
Raleigh, May 5, 1861.
is alive with soldiers who have been pouring in at the call of the Governor
Sixteen companies, comprising twelve hundred men, rank and file, are encamped at the Fair Grounds
, and there are several more quartered in other parts of the city.
They are all fine looking, and in their eagerness to acquire military knowledge frequently have voluntary drills, not being satisfied with the three regularly appointed ones for each day.
Ten companies have been selected by the Governor
to constitute the ‘"First Regiment of N. C. Volunteers,"’ and an election of field officers took place last Friday, resulting in the election of D. H. Hill
, C. O. Lee
, and J. H. Lane
, respectively to the offices of Colonel
, Lieutenant Colonel
, and Major
The Cadets of the North Carolina
Military Institute, of Charlotte
, reached this place last Saturday, and their soldier-like appearance and gentlemanly bearing elicited much admiration.
They have been engaged ever since their arrival as drill masters, and are rendering very efficient service.
Yesterday the whole encampment passed in review before the Governor
, and presented a very imposing sight.
The Legislature has under consideration the passage of a bill authorizing the raising of a corps of regularly-enlisted soldiers to serve during the war, and I have been told by a member that it will pass without opposition.
Old North Carolina
, though slow, is sure, and her people are thoroughly aroused now.