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Sunday, April 21, 1861.
This morning, at an early hour, three men, who had been confined in our county jail for sometime, escaped, by sawing off the bars of their cell window. Their names were Fernando Crawford, Brown, and the notorious Landes, of whom I made mention in a former letter. Their crimes were burglary and theft. Early this morning, handbills were printed and runners started to circulate them in all directions, as we have no Sunday mails. J. T. Logan, Deputy Sheriff, is out with men to search for them. They will, doubtless, be arrested, as they did not probably get out much before daylight, or the Night-Watch would have captured them — the Night-Watch having been discharged about 3½ o'clock. They had been working at the bars for some time, as part of the cut iron only was newly cut, the other part being rusty. They sawed from underneath the iron, so that it would not be noticed.

The Rockbridge Rifles left early this morning.

I understand that the farmers along the road, through the Valley, have hauled large quantities of corn for the horses of the companies, passing free of charge, and offer it freely and willingly. Also, provisions are hauled out to the men. Abe Lincoln can never whip such a people; for there is too much of the right spirit in them to become slaves or mercenaries to tyranny.

No other stirring news to-day. Pen.

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