Fealty of Lendona county.
--I have seen lately some contracts from a letter of a Leesburg correspondent of the Charleston Courier
, which, I think, is calculated to make a false impression upon the public mind outside of the county, in regard to the position which the great mass of the people of Londoun occupy relative to the contest now being waged between the United States
and the Southern Confederacy.
One would suppose, from reading the letter alluded to, that loyalty to the cause of Southern independence was the exception, and not the rule, among the citizens of this wealthy populous and important county.
In the estamation of the writer thereof ‘"it is a foul fester upon"’ the body of the Confederacy
, and its loyal citizens are confined to some ten or twelve gentlemen, whose names he gives that they may be held up to admiration as being pure and true, where everybody else is false and corrupt.
I knew the gentlemen named — the most of them intimately — and I believe them to be earnest and honest-hearted patriots, ready to sacrifice ‘"their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor,"’ in the cause of Southern independence; but that they are more patriotic or more ready to do all and dare all for their country than a vast majority of the people of the country.
I utterly deny; and so, no doubt, would each and every one of them.
A simple statement of facts will establish the tenth of this proposition beyond the possibility of dispute or contradiction.
, though she gave a very large majority for the Union
candidates for the State Convention, sustained the ordinance passed by that Convention, by 902 majority, in a voting population of some 2,200 or 2,300.--Her people perfectly understood their exposed position upon the Northern
frontier; but, nevertheless, freely accepted the fixed alternative of war, rather than to submit to the encroachments of Northern despotism, Let join fact not be forget es Providence
has rewarded her noble devotion, by giving her a battle-field which the daring of Southern chivalry has rendered glorious forever.
And, again, not with standing the fact that she has among her people a very large number of Quakers, who are non-combatants from religious principle, she has given to the Southern
army from twelve to fourteen hundred of as gallant fighting men, as there are in it — men who rushed to arms as soon as the time-honored flag of their old mother was given to the breeze.
In the ‘"bloody eighth"’--a regiment which a eminent Georgia General has pronounced the most distinguished in the service — there are six companies of Londoners, and one of them, (Capt. Heaton
's Hillsboro Border-Guards) was reunited right from a portion of the country, which the Courier's Leesburg
correspondent would consider the foulest part of ‘"the foul fester."’ These brave men won undying honor for themselves, and illustrated the invincible prowess of Southern resistance to tyranny in the blackest and hottest parts of the battle of Manassas
, while, no doubt the Courier's
valiant correspondent heard them from afar, in the safe retreat of a hospital or baggage waggon.
In addition to these, Loudoun
has three full cavalry companies in the service--Capts. Dulany
, and Mead
. Capt. Carter
's, was the company which made the gallant charge at Manassas
In part, I believe that it was the only cavalry company which charged at all that day, until after the battle was won.
Londoun has also a company of artillery, (Capt. Rogers
) which did good work on the 21st of July, and a company of infantry, (the Loudoun Guards
) in the 17th Va. regiment, was foremost in the fight at Bull Run
on the 18th of July.
I know, that in a certain section of Londoun, known as the Dutch
settlement, traitors are scattered as thick as tories were in South Carolina
, in the Revolution; but as South Carolina
was not denounced at that time, because of her tories, neither should Loudoun
be thus denounced now because of the villainous treachery of comparatively a very small number of her people.
The great body of her citizens are as loyal to the South
as the citizens of any other portion of the Confederacy
She has bereaved eighteen or twenty of her sons, who received their death by the bullets of the enemy!
and numbers of others who contracted their diseases in the service.
She has furnished more supplies to the army than any other county in the Confederacy
— Her horses, wagons, and laborers have been taken, until there is scarce enough left to carry on the ordinary work of farming, and many of her citizens living along the river, have had nearly all their movable property taken and destroyed by the Yankees
, and yet there have been no murmurs or complaints.
Having done and suffered all this, I think it — to say the least — ungenerous to attempt to brand with the toul stigma of disloyalty, especially upon the part of one, who, in all pro iy, has enjoyed for months the kindness and hospitality of her people.
J. M. R.