Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
speech of Governor Floyd--presentation of a flag, &c.
Abingdon, Va., May 27, 1861.
On last Saturday Gov. Floyd
delivered an eloquent and patriotic speech to the volunteer companies then in town.
To attempt to report it in full would be vain — it would be useless, as it is enough to say that ‘"Governor Floyd
made a speech."’ Those who know him and his powers of eloquence, know a speech from him would be full of fire, eloquence and patriotism.
He said that when he resigned his position as Secretary of War
, and returned home, he told the people what they might expect, and that they ought to prepare for it. But a majority of our citizens thought differently — and now we had to do so at last.
He said that he would have a brigade in the field, and give the enemy the best that was in him. His remarks were received with great applause by the volunteers and citizens.
Col. J. A. Campbell
, J. T. Campbell
, and John N. Humes
, were called upon, each of whom made some remarks.
left for Glade Springs, where he made a speech of about two hourslength.
I was not present, I cannot report what he said, but have been informed that it was an excellent speech.
It could not be otherwise.
then presented a fine flag to the ‘"Glade Springs Rifle Company,"’ of which Capt. Carson
This company is composed of excellent material; it has a No. 1 Captain
, and good Lieutenants
Now, let me tell you that such a company, with such officers, fighting under a flag presented by such a patriotic and noble-hearted woman as Mrs. Floyd
, never can be conquered.