Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
Affairs in New Kent.
Scottsville, New Kent Co.. Va, September 3d, 1861.
On the march of the New Kent Dragoons
from Camp Ashland to Yorktown
, your correspondent stopped in this, his native county, just long enough to give some of his friends a shake of the hand.
I was much gratified to learn that during my absence many benevolent societies had been organized for the relief of sick soldiers, and also for purchasing and making articles of clothing for many of the volunteer corps stationed both at Yorktown
and your city.
There is one that I desire to speak of particularly, ‘"The New Kent Central Relief Society."’ which is officered as follows: Mrs. Wm. E. Clopton
; Mrs. Wm. Crump
; Mrs. E. S. Taylor
Managers: Mrs. Amelia Christian
, Mrs. Mary A. Crump
, Mrs. A. E. Parkinson
, Mrs. Martha Christian
, and Mrs. G. L. Bosher
This society was formed on the 27th of June last, and has been constantly engaged in giving aid to the soldiers.
It made me feel proud of my old county today, while witnessing the deliberations of this body — the orderly, business-like manner in which all the business was executed.
New Kent has contributed ten per cent. more than she was required to do by the proclamation of Governor Letcher
All of her young men who possess one spark of patriotism are in the field.
I had the pleasure of seeing and talking with Mr. E. F. Christian
to-day, who was wounded severely in the celebrated battle of Manassas
He fought bravely during the whole day, and was not wounded until the Federal
army had been routed.
He has nearly recovered, and wishes to join the Confederate army again.