From the Richmond Dispatch, 12/19/1861, p. 2, c. 3

The Fortifications. Among the large number of idle men daily seen in our streets, there are many who would make capital soldiers, and the local fortifications now afford them a fine chance to distinguish themselves, without much liability of being extinguished in the process. Unless there is a sufficient number of volunteers for the purpose, the Governor will be forced to compulsory measures, though we have strong hope that the patriotism of the people will render this unnecessary. A meeting is called at Co. Gs Armory in Henrico county, with reference to this matter.


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