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The Yankees in Western Virginia.

Monroe County, Va., April 11, 1862.
Rumor is again rife that the Yankees are, or have been, in Monroe county, near Pack's Ferry. Rumor had the number from 75 to 600 upon this side of New river. The most reliable report is that 75 crossed over the river and came to a church in that neighborhood, while 300 were encamped on the river side a few miles distant. They robbed a good many of our people; took some prisoners — amongst the number named was a Mr. Candcraft, who had been arrested by the Confederates some time since and discharged. It is said the Yankees discharged him. Also, three Messrs. Pack and a Mr. Coles. It is said that the Hutchinsons, who lived in the farms settlement, and whose loyalty to the State has been suspected, went over to the Yankees, with a Mr. Lewis Crawford and a Mr. Smith. Smith is a son of a local Methodist preacher, who is under indictment, I believe, for treason.

It is also said that a man by the name of Wheeler, who had a brother killed a few years ago by one Buckler or Buckland, has joined the Yankees, is a captain, and on last Sunday went to Buckland's with a posse of men, took him out and hung him, left him hanging until Monday, when they took him down and buried him. Buckland was tried for the killing of Wheeler, found guilty of murder in the second degree, and sentenced to five years imprisonment in the Penitentiary. He served two years of the time, and was then pardoned. A great many thought at the time of the trial that Buckland ought to have been acquitted.

The militia are gathering at their different places of rendezvous in goodly numbers. One of the recusant ones, who utterly refused to go, and swore he would die before he would go, drew a knife upon the guard who went for him, when the guard fired upon him, breaking his leg about the knee joint. His leg will have to be amputated — a sad warning to all others of his disposition.

We do hope that the Government will see to it that Monroe and Greenbrier are not overrun by the Yankees. It is rumored that the Yankees stole 300 head of cattle belonging to our army in Greenbrier county.

Our Court met yesterday to transact business in connection with the proclamation of the President to establish martial law in this county. We hope that when this law is carried out the Union men will be hunted up and treated as they deserve.

Some of our people are removing their slaves and other valuable moveable property to what they think greater places of security. I believe that most of our men, old and young, will stand their ground and fight the Yankees, which is the better plan, as I conceive. It is well enough, however, to secure what property we can that might benefit a Yankee, and what we cannot secure destroy.


Monroe County, Va., April 14, 1862.
Rumor has it that the Yankees are reinforcing. Three thousand are said to be at Col. Tompkins's, this side of Gauley Bridge, and two thousand at Fayetteville. The Pierpoint Government having included Monroe, Greenbrier, Pocahontas, and Mercer, in their new State, it is said the Yankees are to send a force sufficient to subjugate us. After they get possession of these counties then they will take a vote of the people whether they will belong to the new State or to the old.--Of course the vote will be taken, if taken at all, by the voters being compelled by the force of arms to go to the polls. We do hope something will be done for us by the Government before it be too late.

It seems strange that our cavalry, who are stationed at Princeton, permitted the Yankees to come into Monroe. They have been stationed in that region all the winter.

I was mistaken in my former communication in stating that a man named Cales had been taken prisoner. He went to the Yankees of his own accord, and; in company with some more Union men, led the enemy into Monroe. There are a good many traitors in this county, and why they are suffered to go at large I am unable to say. It is high time they were made to leave for a more congenial atmosphere. Monroe.

Movements of John Charles Fremont.

Headquarters 45th Va. Reg., Giles county, Va., 15th April, 1862.
Gen. John Charles Fremont arrived at Fayette C. H. on Tuesday, the 8th inst. Marching orders had been issued to the troops there stationed previous to his arrival; and on Thursday morning the forces moved on Raleigh C. H. in a little time you may look out for John Charles, for bad roads, mire and rain will not step him long. He thinks he can move an army in these mountains as easily as he and Kit Carson would march a mule train in California; but if he don't look sharp he'll strike a snag.

This regiment has just gotten through a severe winter campaign, and I tell you we caught it — it only rained and snowed twenty-seven consecutive days. Sergeant.

The 28th North Carolina regiment.

Camp 28th N. C. Reg't, Kinston, N. C., April 14, 1862.
To the Editors of the Dispatch:
Allow me, through the columns of your paper to give publicity to the fact that the 28th North Carolina regiment, commanded by Col. Jas. H. Lane, has reorganized for the war. Six of the companies composing the regiment re-enlisted and reorganized about the 1st of March. The remaining four companies reorganized last week, whereupon the company officers were ordered to hold an election for Field Officers, when Col. Lane and Lieut. Col. Lowe were elected to their former positions by acclamation, and Capt. Samuel D. Lowe was elected Major. The original term of service of the 28th would not have expired till the 21st September, and proud are we to be the first North Carolina regiment to ‘"go it for the war."’

The regiment is very large, now numbering about 1,250 as good and as brave men as the Confederate army contains. We have gallant, kind-hearted field officers. Much of the alacrity which the men have exhibited in re-enlisting is attributed to the popularity of Col. Lane. Whilst he has been rigid in enforcing discipline and exact in carrying out the regulations, he has always treated the officers and men of his command with the utmost kindness and courtesy. The 28th has been stationed at Wilmington, N. C., until the attack on Newbern, to which place it was ordered, but arrived too late. We are now not far from Newbern, ready for Burnside or any one else who may come.


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