Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
what Charlotte county has done and is doing.
Charlotte Co. June 17., 1861
As it appears the order of the day to publish communications from the counties, telling what they have done, is raising and equipping volunteers for the defence of the State
, it would be an act of simple justice to permit a statement to be made through your columns of what Charlotte county
has done With a militia strength of 650 men, she has sent into the service of the State
a company of Cavalry and two companies of Infantry; two other companies of Infantry are equipped and ready to march in a day or two Last week two other companies of Infantry were organized, and we understand that recruiting is now going on for another company, to be commanded by Mr. Charles Bruce
, our Senator
elect, and equipped at his own expense, making seven companies already organized and the eighth in process of organization, with a fair prospect of success.
When the shall have gone we will have left scarcely a comports guard of militia men in this county.
Three companies have been equipped by private subscriptions, amounting to upwards of $1,000 for each company.
The County Court
has authorized the raising of $20,000 for the purpose of meeting any deficiency Equipment providing for the destitute families and giving to each company $1,000 to be placed in the hands of the Captain
to be use has a re fund for the benefit of his men
Having been present at the organization of the company formed at Willeysburg, on the 14th inst. called the Charlotte Defenders
, it affords me great pleasure to note the events which transpired Mr. Thos. D. Jefferson
was a men Captain
although at had as a competitor for the position a distinguish graduate of the Military Institute at Lexington Capt. J. ff.
ess. although save having received a regular military education, evinced early in life an unusual taste for the study or military tactics, and has devoted himself to it with great assiduity.
He has commanded a company of militia at Wadeysburg for several years with such satisfaction to the men as to gain their warmest admiration By his zeal and proficiency he his upon several elected the highs at commendation of his superior officers.
We congratulate , merely observing that I had been enough within the lines of camps to know what was my duty on such occasions.
I subsequently was presented to Mr. Walker
, the Secretary at War
, who promised to furnish me with the needful documents before I left Montgomery
In his room were General Beauregard
and several officers, engaged over plans and maps, apparently in a little council of war, which was, perhaps, not without reference to the intelligence that the United States troops were marching on Norfolk Navy Yard, and had actually occupied Alexandria
On leaving the Secretary
, I proceeded to the room of the Attorney General
, Mr. Benjamin
, a very intelligent and able man, whom I found busied in prep carillons connected with the issue of letters of marque.
Everything in the office looked like earnest work and business.