Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
the Fourth at Camp Jackson.
Gams Jackson, Pig's Point, July 4, 1861.
One year ago the American
people were vig na with their shouts of freedom, from the show cizd mountains of Maine
to the beautiful Rio Grande
, standing one united nation in praise and commemoration of this day. But now different now. That union is broken which bound as to our unworthy foe, and a new Republic has sprung forth, like Minerva
from the brow of Jupiter
, born to be the wide of the world, and the glory of the skies.
We feel proud of the sublime position the Southern States
have taken — that this very day, threatened with subjugation, we are still me for the very same principles of 76 which declared against oppression, and that of right we ought to be free.
At an early hear this morning, our two Feziments and one Louisiana Regiment met on the parade grounds, according to previous notice.
They were soon formed this battle lines by our Abie and distinguished commander, Col. Blanchard
, assisted by Gen.
A beautiful-air was struck upon a splendid brass hard, when the Nansemond Cavalry
appeared in the distance on their fine, foaming chargers, led on by the celebrated Jupiter Grimes battery, with howitzer and rifled season, (a noble looking company,) at this had taken their position on the right --With a right dress and shoulder arms, the horses begin to move, the men broke from columns into divisions, and nearly three thousand bayonets glistened in the bright sunlight of the morning.
The drill lasted for an hour and a half, the officers commanding on mounded steeds.
And I tell you, there was er a nobler looking eight presented to the eye than this splendid body of men, moving with the regularity of machinery over a beautiful field of parade.
On the dismissal of the regiments, fifteen guns were fired in honor of the Southern States
which have declared and are declaring their independence.
The last four were slower than the first.
Scarcely had the cannon ceased to rear, when Craney Island
and Pinner's Point
poured forth a vollar of thunder in commemoration of this day. This was answered by Fortress Monroe
which deep groans of muttering cannon.
Thus, two furtile nations have celebrated a day on which their independence was declared.
A bright, beautiful comet was dean the other night with an expanded tell thirty feet long; it seemed disappearing the same night in the Northwest
, very long and brilliant.