To day again I went to the office, but no letter was there to cheer
my spirits, by telling me to come home and hasten to the war. I was anxiously
expecting one, and the disapointment went quite hard.
this morning, and I am told that there were few dry
eyes in the
crowd congregated to see them
depart. There was parting with wives and children fathers and brothers, and
with some no doubt a parting for the last time. There was a flag raising here
to day. The ladies of the place made and put up the Flag. The citizens raised
the pole in which
I had the pleasure of assisting.
Two young ladies made speaches and were followe by the following noted
F. [Samuel Field] Phillipps
, together with quite a number of Students.
in alluding to the war said that the south was invincible by any
force that our enemies can send against us. He thought that further blood shed2
could be avoided, by every man in the
shouldering his musket.
would then see our strength and would know that it
would be useless to attempt to coerce us. Such being the case I beg you to let
me be one to proceed to
out of his witts, if possible and if the
prove untrue and war should
actually be necessary, I should be happy to bear a part, humble though it be,
in defense of my country. The flag raised to day contained nine stars, the last
two in honor of
This is probably the first flag raised, on which
has been numbered with the seceeding states.
grant that she
may soon take her place among her southern sisters in reality. News from
that, the citizens of
yesterday attacked the
Seventh regiment of N. Y.
which was proceeding to
in answer to
call. reports says that about 14 were killed.
Thank the lord that
yet some patriots left within her borders, who will oppose aggression
to the death, although she is presided ofer by the
learn even while6
prisoner because he was going to side with the south, and had
thrown up his commission, and has him now in Prison. This is fine treatment to
give that old veteran who has fought and bled in defence of his country. There
was also a skirmish yesterday at
who lives near there is here now on his way to take charge of his company. Two
are now on their way to
. Can I stay here and pretend to study, when I am continually
hearing news from the war and when my country needs8
since writing this letter I have heard
that fortress monroe is taken, that
has caled out thirty thousand troops.9
There is a company formin[g] here to go to
, composed of students. As my state needs my services I shall not
volunteer. Please write to
immediately and see if he will except me. I am copelled to