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The Daily Dispatch: September 12, 1862., [Electronic resource], The Uprising in the West--Salt manufacture — the Conscript law. (search)
by the people. I would close, but I must tell you of a little scene I witnessed yesterday On my way from Ball Knob to the Yellow Sulphur Springs, in Montgomery county, with three other gentlemen in the back, we met, about a half mile from Blacksburg, a woman on horseback with a child in her arms, and as she passed us one of the gentlemen remarked that he never saw such feet to a woman in his life. Some one replied that women in rocky soil always had large feet. By this time we saw three troopers riding swiftly by, and soon wheel in front of the woman and halt. We stopped and waited until they came up, when, at a glance, we discovered the beard on her face, and saw it was a man in disguise. They took him to Blacksburg, and he owned up that he was disguised so that he might pass the guard at that place, who have in custody some conscripts. He said he was bound to Giles county to see his brother. As he passed through town he pretended to open his bosom and suckle the baby. H