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The Daily Dispatch: April 11, 1861., [Electronic resource], Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch. (search)
s been a gala day in our village.--Three volunteer companies were on parade, the "Wythe Rifles,"Capt. Willis, the "Washington Artillery, "Capt Smith, and the "Old Dominion Dragoons," Capt. Phillips, named respectively in honor of our great county man, George Wythe; the great leader of accession in 176, George Washington, who vindicated the right of self-government by the sword; and our "good old State," who, first of the thirteen Colonies, seceded alone from a union with tyranny, on the 15th May, 1776 and who will yet establish her claim to lead the van of freedom's hosts. Names are things, and in the above selection the careful observer will see reflected the spirit of the men who compose their ranks; and should the despot at Washington let loose his myrmidons to enslave a gallant people, be assured that they will do no dishonor to the place of their nativity, where the firstgun of the Revolution was fired. After the parade was over, in response to a call for a meeting of the "