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the nation. Lewisburg Va. June 15, 1861. The report of the approach of invading bands of desperadoes to this section I could not fully receive, yet we all thought it best to be prepared. Hence, in common with the rest of the community, I got my gun and pistol in readiness, resolved, though my calling be one of peace, to do my little best in assisting to drive the invaders from our soil. The sight presented on that day in this our Western home, would have done you good — If Abram Lincoln or his ruling Premier could have seen our mountain boys, with their trusty rifles, as on foot, in wagons, and on horseback, they streamed into our main street until hundreds filled the same, and if they could have known that these were only the commencement of the stream that was rolling to must the foe, I am confident they would have been convinced, that such a people never could be conquered, especially on their own soil, and fighting for their own firesides. The spirit of liberty was