[special Correspondence of the Dispatch.]
Lynchburg, Aug. 21, 1861.
Nothing of local interest has transpired since yesterday, and so quiet has everything become in this vicinity, and but for the occasional tramp of soldiers, we might almost persuade ourselves that ‘"nothing was going wrong,"’ nor ‘"nobody hurt."’ There are now several thousand men at the various camps around this city, among whom are about 2,500 Georgians, well drilled, armed and equipped, eager and ready for the fray.
The camps present a lively and cleanly appearance; the men are well ordered and genteel in every respect.
The number of sick and disabled in the hospital does not exceed two hundred, which is in small proportion considering how many have been quartered here.
They are well attended, and under the skillful treatment of Dr. W. O. Owen
, their friends may soon expect to see them at their post again.
Two heavy land-slides, occasioned by the recent rain, have taken place on the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad, in the vicinity of Big Lick, Roanoke City; consequently, we have had no train from the West
since Monday morning. The slides are about nine miles apart; hence, freight communication will be cut off for some time.--There is a train of cars on the other side of the slides, and the malls will be transported by wagons over the damaged part of the road, and the cars will still continue to connect there by this means.
The amount realized night before last by the ladies' concert in aid of the sick soldiers, was $160. A splendid success attended their efforts last evening, and the encouragement thus given will no doubt spur them on in their patriotic endeavors to relieve the sufferings of the afflicted.
The quarterly meeting for the Court Street
Methodist Church will be held on Saturday and Sunday next, services to commence at 11 A. M. on Saturday.
A collision occurred last Monday, on the East
Tennessee and Virginia Railroad, between a troop train and the express mail train, in which one soldier was instantly killed and some 15 or 20 wounded. I could not ascertain where the soldiers were from.
P. S.--Since writing the above, the train on the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad that went up to the slide has returned, after making connection, by staging nine miles, with the Western
A tressel work will be built, and regular connections resumed in about two days. O. K.