The Thirtieth Virginia Regiment.
Marcher' Point. July 28, 1861
To the Editors of the Dispatch:
--Permit me, through the columns f your paper, to inform the numerous friends of Company ‘"E,"’ Thirtieth Regiment Virginia Volunteers, of our whereabouts, and to contradict the rumor of our entire demolition at the late battle at Stone Bridge
We regret that we did not arrive there in time to aid in securing that glorious victory for the Southern
cause, or even to join in the chase after the hordes of Northern plunderers who had come to devastate our homes, trample upon our rights and liberties, to enslave our wives, our sisters and our mothers — in a word, to tear from the brow of virtue its wreath of glory, and to place there the stigma of shame and dishonor; but who, thank God, cowered before the splendid charges of Southern freemen, and who, panic stricken, fled in shameful disorder from soil too sacred for the invading tramp of such god-forsaken men
We took up the line of march from this place for Manassas
on Saturday preceding the day on which the battle at the latter place was fought and gloriously won, and in thirty-six hours after striking our tents here we were pitching tents there, having accomplished a march of about fifty miles. But the thunder of cannon and rattle of musketry had then hushed, and night, as if to mourn the loss of the brave who had fallen there, had dropped her sabre curtain, and gathering clouds dropped here and there a tear for the dead who that day had been stricken down while breathing defiance in the very mouth of the enemy's cannon.
The work had been done, and well another Spartan band had met another Persian horde and driven them back.
and on Tuesday we were ordered back to Marlboro Point
, where we now are, awaiting an attempt of the Federal
troops to land, when we will again teach them to beware how they touch forbidden fruit.
Tell the ladies of Richmond
to rest assured they will will not get a chance to shoot Old A bein that city, if he has to make his entry by this route; at any rate, not until the last ‘"soldier boy"’ here has fallen in the attempt to maintain the pass.
To the ladies of Caroline
, we return our most sincere thanks for the articles of wearing apparel
that they have been kind enough to send us. And now ladies and Christians everywhere, pray for us and the success of our cause.
Let us not be proud because we have been victorious, but humble and prayerful, ever looking to and reliving upon Him who bath given us the victory, and who will sustain the right.
Let us be thankful for what we have gained, and ask, humbly ask, a continuation or God's mercy and favor.