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Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
the mountaineers ready for the conflict.

Marion, Sutter County, April 22, 1861.
Our town and county have been in an unusual stats of excitement for some days past.--All ages and sexes manifest but one spirit now — that of firm and decided resistance to the tyrant at Washington. To give you some idea of the feeling, I will mention that a fine company of noble young men, the "Smythe Blues," have been organized and fully equipped, and are now anxiously awaiting orders to march in quest of our enemies. A splendid company of cavalry has also been raised, will organize on Tuesday next, and will immediately tender their services to the Governor, as the Blues have already done. In the southern portion of the county, a third company of hardy mountaineers has been organised, and they, too, will be ready to go forth and fight the battles of the South; and in this place, on Saturday, a "Home Guard" was formed, composed of fifty men, whose ages ranged from 45 to 72 years, intended principally for home duty; but they resolved to go whenever and wherever they may be ordered, to aid in driving back the impudent Black Republican cohorts.

The officers elected by this company are as follows: E. S. Watson, Captain; A. H. Campbell, First Lieutenant; G. Hubbard, Second Lieutenant. The names of the officers of the Troop, and the other company, I will send you as soon as they are chosen.

I have no idea that there will be a single vote in this county against the Ordinance of Secession. And with this feeling pervading the minds of all Virginia, and the entire South, can it be possible that the Northern mind is so ignorant as to suppose the South can be conquered? We may all be killed, but conquered, never! We must and will have. Washington City now, before we stop. You may hear again from Smyth.

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