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[for the Richmond Dispatch.]At a meeting of the officers of the First Regiment North Carolina Volunteers, now stationed at Camp Fayetteville, near Yorktown, Va., on motion Capt. C. M. Avery was called to the Chair, and Lieut. R. Mallett was appointed Secretary. The Chairman explained the object of the meeting to be, to take the sense of the officers of this regiment relative to the change of our title. On motion of Lieut. Phippen, Capts. R. J. Ashe, W. W. McDowell, and Lieut. B. R. Huske were appointed a committee to draft resolutions for the action of the meeting. The committee withdrew, and in a short time returned and reported the following preamble and resolutions, which were unanimously adopted, and ordered to be forwarded to the Richmond Dispatch. and Examiner, the North Carolina State papers, and the Charleston Mercury, for publication: Whereas, on the 28th September, A. D. 1861. to our surprise and mortification, an order from Col. J. G. Martin, Adjutant General of the State of North Carolina, was read, directing that this regiment should in future be known as the 19th Regiment of North Carolina Volunteers: Therefore, be it Resolved, That having been the first regiment from North Carolina to enter the State of Virginia; the first regiment from any State to meet and repulse the favorer; the first regiment to receive the approbation of our countrymen by resolutions of their National and State councils; that having been entrusted by the people of North Carolina, through the action of their Convention, with a flag upon whose folds is inscribed, ‘"The First Regiment of North Carolina,"’ by the hands of our countrywomen; and that having been exposed to the dangers of battle, and endured the hardships of the camp, in this our only campaign, as the First Regiment, we do hereby enter, in behalf of those whose graves may be seen, humble though they be, in sight of their trials and labors: in the name of those whose enfeebled health attests their patience and fortitude, and in the name of those who yet live, proud of their appellation, and of the associations of which it reminds them, our most earnest protest against this change. Resolved, That we have shown by all of our actions, since the call for volunteers, our earnest desire to promote the good of the cause, and that while we are still willing to make further sacrifices for the same purpose, we are not willing to surrender our name to minister to the caprice of any one, or to subserve the convenience of a few office clerks, and that we will never submit to such an imposition until we have exhausted every means of redress consistent with our efficiency and character. The resolutions having been read and adopted, the meeting adjourned at 10½ A. M. Capt. C. M. Avery, Chairman. Lieut. R. Mallett, Secretary.
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