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County Court of Henrico. --All the Justices of Henrico county met at their Court-House, on Saturday last, to act upon various matters, as noted below: The petition of suburban farmers and gardeners, praying the Court to ask protection for their crops of the Secretary of War, was read and approved. The petitioners state that their farms and gardens are daily and nightly plundered by stragglers, deserters, soldiers from convalescent and instruction camps, and others, and ask the estabHenrico county met at their Court-House, on Saturday last, to act upon various matters, as noted below: The petition of suburban farmers and gardeners, praying the Court to ask protection for their crops of the Secretary of War, was read and approved. The petitioners state that their farms and gardens are daily and nightly plundered by stragglers, deserters, soldiers from convalescent and instruction camps, and others, and ask the establishment of a line of sentinels, so that these depredators may be prevented from destroying the growing crops, and from wantonly killing the hogs and cattle in the field. The Court appointed Justices Garnett and Nettles, and their attorney John B. Young, a committee to wait on Secretary Seddon and solicit the protection so much needed. The Court then proceeded to lay the usual county levy for the year. As a basis of their action, Sheriff Pleasants reported the State tax to be as follows:
The Daily Dispatch: August 10, 1863., [Electronic resource], Court of Inquiry on the Western Campaign. (search)
An earnest Appeal is being made to the non-conscripts of Henrico county to organize cavalry companies for local defence, and to have them ready for action as speedily as possible. Yankee raids may be expected very often, now that Meade is near Fredericksburg, and the people of Henrico will be sure to suffer seriously by them, unless they are prepared to meet the raiders in a proper spirit. These organizations will have the privilege of selecting their own company, battalion and regimentaes for local defence, and to have them ready for action as speedily as possible. Yankee raids may be expected very often, now that Meade is near Fredericksburg, and the people of Henrico will be sure to suffer seriously by them, unless they are prepared to meet the raiders in a proper spirit. These organizations will have the privilege of selecting their own company, battalion and regimental officers, and can so arrange their drills and other matters as to prevent all unnecessary annoyance.
Coming down. --The prices in the markets, last Saturday, of fruits and vegetables were lower than at any time this season, but yet far above what they ought to be. If the Secretary of War gives the farmers and gardeners of Henrico the production to their crops they ask for, the supply will soon be greater than the demand, and prices will continue to fall.