Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
a monument to Jackson, &c.
Charlestown, Jefferson Co., Va., May 28, 1861.
I returned form Camp Lee, in Berkeley county
, within nine miles of the Pennsylvania
line, and opposite Williamsport, Md.
,) at a late hour yesterday evening.
I had the pleasure of passing the first Sabbath of camp life, enjoyed by our noble regiment, in their company.
and Lieut. Colonel Luckland
, I could almost say, are idolized by our boys, were it not that the devotions of that day, paid to the Most High
, showed that there is One honored in their heart of hearts with an intensity of fervor still more ardent than their patriotism.
A large number of these soldiers and officers are, in time of peace, foremost in our community as lay preachers of ‘"the everlasting Gospel."’ At 11 A. M., the standing crowd, mingled with ladies, citizens, children and nurses, from all that Horse-Shoe peninsula at the toe of which the camp stands, in a dense forest,) were called to order by the Rev. N. G. North
, of Jefferson county
, who announced the Rev. Peyton Harrison
, of Cumberland county
, as the preacher for that hour.
The 46th Psalm (Luther's favorite battle Psalm,) was sung to Old Hundred.
After a sermon on the ‘"power of faith,"’ Rev. Dr. Andrews
, of Shepherds-town
, made an exhortation, impressing the application of the sermon.
In the afternoon, Rev. N. G. North
preached from the words of Christ
, in answer to the prayer of the penitent malefactor; and the services closed with a copious distribution of religious tracts and books, which were eagerly sought and carried off to the tents.
As to the moral power of this regiment, it is sufficient to say that there is a universal impression among those who for five weeks had witnessed its drill at Harper's Ferry
, and who have now witnessed its inspection and its devotions on the Lord
's Day, both forenoon and afternoon, that it compares favorably, even with Col. August
's noble command --a body of troops, which have enshrined the Autumn of 1859 in the memories of glorious old Charlestown
My main design, in this letter, is to tell you of the intense admiration expressed in camp, and in all the households I have visited, for the heroic act of Jackson
in shooting down the violator of his homestead castle, even when he knew that instant death to himself was the forfeit.
And the tragic end of the Zouave
, who broke his own neck in endeavoring to raise the Federal
badge of subjugation so near the tomb of Washington
, is regarded in Camp Lee as prophetic of many future probable occurrences in that contest between the rival flags, which is now fully inaugurated on the classic plains of noble old Fairfax
A subscription, I am told, is in circulation at Camp Lee for the purpose of erecting a monument to Jackson
, the victim of the Northern Zouaves
— the first Virginia martyr.
L. E. H.