unteer companies, home guards, &c. Our mountains are full of rifles, and if invaded, we shall give a good account of ourselves.
The question with us is, whether we are not better off, left to ourselves, than to have a small and inadequate force sent to us, which might merely serve as an excuse for an outbreak.
What we need is guns in the hands of our own companies.
Whether it might be well to have some troops in the interior, at long distance from the river — such a point as Grafton or Piedmont, on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad--might be worthy of consideration.
Troops in any of the counties on the rivers would most probably cut off every supply from below, both for the army and the resident population.
I have ventured to throw out these suggestions, not formally, as to the commander-in-chief, but in the freedom of private friendship, knowing your anxiety to do your whole duty in this crisis, and your wish to obtain information from every part of the State.
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