Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
from Charles City.
Charles City Co., May 31, 1861.
While every issue of the Dispatch
teems with letters from different portions of the State
, giving every item of news which occurs, nothing appears from this county in the column of your paper.
You are not to infer from this fact that nothing of an interesting character happens among us, or that the people are inactive in the midst of such stirring events, as are constantly presenting to the public mind.
This county has neither been inactive or void of excitement.
The people, to a man, are all aroused, and its troop of cavalry under command of Capt. Douthat
, now in or near Williamsburg
, and its ‘ "Southern Guards"’ under command of Capt. Waddel
, (a trained officer in a Virginia military school,) now stationed at Jamestown
, will show their hatred of tyranny and loyalty to the South
and its institutions, when the opportunity offers.
and his miscreant crew will soon secure for themselves the ‘"hospitable graves"’ now preparing for them, if they can do it.
Besides the two companies above mentioned, now in service and fully equipped, another company, (an Artillery,) has been organized, and will soon be ready for active duty, and in addition to the militia, a company called the ‘"Home Guard,"’ having for its Captain
, Thos. H. Wilcox
, is ready for active duty when necessity requires.
This latter body composes boys beneath the age for military service, and those in the sere and yellow loaf of life.
Our citizens then of all ages hate Lincoln
and his assisting devils, and are resolutely determined to sink or swith in support of their rights and liberties, and should the programme of invasion carry his barbaric in lo des within our borders, we mean in sober earnestness to do all we possibly can to make your invitation given them some time since of ‘"hospitable graves"’ not an unmeaning one.
That the cause of Lincoln
is doomed to destruction, and that the curse of Heaven rests upon it, is apparent from the fact that the professed heralds of Christianity, North, are preaching doctrines and precepts utterly at variance with the teachings of the Cross and even of civilization; and a thirst for blood and plunder, and an utter disregard of decency and shame, equalled only by pirates upon the high seas, have signally marked the course of Lincoln
and his party from the beginning to the present time.
Can such a cause succeed?
No, never; As sure as there is a God in Heaven, a destruction, terrible in its accompaniments, awaits them.
While our Southern troops, are filled with an ardor almost irrepressible, and are panting and eager for the fight — for their encouragement be it said — all over our land the mighty power of Omnipotence is implored to throw the ægis of his protection over our soldiers, and to give success to our cause.
Booty, beauty, conquest, furnish no aliment to our soldiers.
A Roman virtue inspires them.
They mean to drive the ‘"Goths and Vandals"’ from our soil.
The bosom of Virginia
upheaves with indignation at the desecration of our soil by hostile barbarians.
They will meet them with courage and determination, and the deeds of 61 will be worthy of Southern character — with their faces always towards the foe, and marking every step of their way with glorious displays of heroic bravery.
My brethren of the Southern Army
, you will succeed.
The God of Battles will be with you. His armies will go before you. Go to the battle assured of success, and hurt upon the heads of these daring and barbarous invaders the punishment they deserve by expelling them with ignominy from our soil.
In this campaign against his mother-land — against his conscience--Gen. Scott
is doomed to an infamous immorality on the page of history, by being linked with the name and deeds of the traitor Arnold
A coward at heart, and destitute of common honesty, many descendants of the name of Upshaw
would be proud to meet him in single combat, where no opportunity could be furnished him for escape, as in an early period of his military career, when he availed himself of a furlough and change of station to escape the chastisement he deserved.
Many of the men under his command when Captain
, would be proud of an opportunity to draw ounces of blood from his carcase to repay them the dollars — their pay for military services — which he drew from the Purser
's hands and withheld from them.
The stamp of infamy is branded on him. As an officer and a man, he is justly consigned to infamy.
‘" Birds of a feather will flock together;"’ General Scott
is, therefore, most appropriately associated with the condemners of all constitutional obligations, with the licentious and the vile.