Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
letter from White Sulphur Springs.
June 18, 1861
Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch. letter from White Sulphur Springs.
White Sulphur Springs, June 12, 1861.
The people of Greenbrier are amongst the most loyal of the State. The recent alarms aroused their patriotic indignation to a very high pitch, and they rallied with great alacrity to the defence of their country. They are a hardy and powerful pattern of men. There are no better marksmen, and they will be amongst the most brave and efficient of the army of the Southern Confederacy. It is gratifying to witness the loyalty of a county which depends so much on the people of the South. Within her borders is the great Mecca of health — the White Sulphur Springs.--Here the beauty and the chivalry of the South have always congregated, and here they will continue to hold their annual re-unions. How much would it be deplored were they surrounded by traitors to the cause of the South when they met here? It would, indeed; be a strange thing that such a place, so sustained and visited by the pride of the South, should be rendered odious by infidelity to the cause of the Southern people. Greenbrier is true, however, and has given the best proofs of her fealty. She has sent a number of companies to the field. These, with those now ready to join General Wise in his westward march, constitute nine companies mustered by this faithful old county, which, though for Union till Lincoln's proclamation, is now as true as steel to the cause and will make her deeds in the second great struggle for liberty historic.
To-day the second company mustered from this locality, took its departure for Lewisburg, to await the advance of Gen. Wise. This company bears the name of the place, being called the. White Sulphur Rifle Company. It had been for several days drilled by Captain McCann, who commands it to Lewisburg, where it is turned over to Col. Davis, who is recruiting for Gen. Wise. Capt. McO. was one of the enterprising contractors on the Covington and Ohio Railroad, but that work being suspended he has given his services to the cause of the South. He served in the Mexican war, and is a good disciplinarian. He is a Pennsylvanian, but sympathizes with the South for the justness of her cause, and rallies to her standard Just before the departure of the company a beautiful flag was presented to it on behalf of the ladies of Dry Creek and Anthony's Creek Miss Mary Eakle was chiefly instrumental in this tribute to the company, as she has been in the presentation of two other flags to other companies. She has devoted herself with all a woman's ardor to the glorious cause of her country, and has been incessantly engaged with a number of her female friends in making flags and uniforms for the gallant volunteers. She has canvassed her district and raised liberal subscriptions to the cause. Her noble example deserves applause. J. A. Cowardin, Esq., of the Dispatch, presented the flag, on behalf of the ladies, and was responded to by Capt. McCann, on behalf of the company. Mr. C. has been for some weeks an invalid in the mountains. The parting scene was touching. The lady relatives of the patriotic young men were present, and though they willingly parted with them to go to their country's defense, still it were impossible to suppress the natural emotions at the separation.
A large delegation of the locality went up on Monday to the foot of the Alleghany Mountain, to welcome Gen. Wise to Western Virginia; but they were disappointed. He is expected here to-morrow, when he will be received with unbounded enthusiasm.
Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood: June 1861