Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
Unabated military Enthusiasm in Halifax
Halifax C. H., Va. Aug. 29, 1861.
Last Monday being our County Court day, a large crowd assembled upon the Court green
quite early, and about 11 o'clock the Court
took their seats upon the bench.
They had been in session but a short time before our young friend and countryman, Captain Wm. Collins, Jr
, made his appearance, she being on furlough for a few days from Yorktown
, where his command is stationed.
As soon as it was ascertained that our gallant friend was present, he was called on by his people for a speech.
having adjourned temporarily for the purpose, Captain Collins
came forward and spoke for one hour, in the most gallant, patriotic and eloquent manner, upon the subject of the war, and at the conclusion of his speech was cheered long and most enthusiastically by his friends and hearers.
Rev. A. M. Poindexter
being present, was then called for and came forward, and spoke with an ability and patriotism upon the subject of the war rarely equaled.
In the evening, after the speaking was over, Capt. James R. West
organized his volunteer company, which makes fifteen companies old Halifax
has raised for the war. Capt. West
's company elected as their lieutenants, Thomas G. Coleman, Jr.
, Col. P. Tuck
and Major Henry Tuck
. The Rev. Jno
, A. Scott
, I understand is raising an artillery company in the county with every prospect of success.
This will make sixteen companies for this county.
Her quota is only 1,106.
Old Halifax is determined to do her duty in this war.