From the Richmond Dispatch, 10/31/1860, p. 1, c. 6
The Encampment. – It is as true as anything can be that the citizens of this free Republic enjoy military displays, considered merely as a pastime; but at present something more important is involved in the assembling of a body of seven or eight hundred cavalry at the metropolis of Virginia. The impetus that was given to military spirit by the occurrences at Harper's Ferry has not been suffered to droop, and we have now, throughout the State, a thorough and complete organization of the forces. The land is now overshadowed with ominous clouds, and none of us can tell how soon the services of the troops may be needed. Hence the experience to be derived from the establishment of Camp Lee is a consideration of no small importance to the soldiers who participate. We are advised that the First Regiment will parade one day during the encampment, and we anticipate a week of excitement commencing on the 8th of November.