The county of Powhatan
has acted nobly in the matter of sustaining the Government
by taxation and supplies.
At a meeting recently held there of her people, at which C. Selden
presided and Josiah Smith
acted as Secretary
, the following patriotic resolution was unanimously adopted:
That although our taxes are much heavier than those we have been accustomed to pay, we accept them with cheerful resignation, and tender to Congress the assurance of our readiness to submit to any amount of pecuniary sacrifice, to the extent even of paying our last dollar, if need be, for sustaining the credit and vigor of our Government, believing, as we do, that it is the duty as well as the manifest interest of every individual within the bounds of the Confederacy
to strengthen and support it with every energy of his nature."’
Messrs. B. W. Finney
, Wm. E. Royall
, Dan'l Hatcher
, and Dr. J. B. Harvie
, were appointed a committee to fix the prices of provisions that can be furnished for the army.
They reported the following rates as those for Powhatan
For corn, $20 per bbl., flour, $25 per bbl.; first class hay, $4 per hundred; bacon, $1 per pound; straw, $2.50 per hundred.
Complying with the suggestion of the Secretary of War
, committees were appointed for the different districts, to ascertain how much of provisions and forage the people can spare to the Government
The spirit thus far displayed by the counties that have taken up the subject is the most gratifying.
No man can read the results of the popular meetings without exclaiming: Can such a people be conquered?