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The occupation of Alexandria by United States forces on May 24, 1861, was widely reported in the Virginia press.
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"Virginia Invaded"

Two paragraphs from a lost issue of the Woodstock Tenth Legion, printed in Harrisonburg Rockingham Register, June 7, 1861.

The occupation of Alexandria by United States forces on May 24, 1861, was widely reported in the Virginia press. As an article on the subject in a Shenandoah County newspaper, the Woodstock Tenth Legion, reprinted the following week in a Harrisonburg newspaper, indicates, some white Virginians criticized the federal action and soldiers in every possible way. The editor in Woodstock employed language that was quickly becoming commonplace in Virginia when he called the soldiers "ruthless thieves and murderers who compose the federal hordes."

Two paragraphs from a lost issue of the Woodstock Tenth Legion, printed in Harrisonburg Rockingham Register, June 7, 1861.

VIRGINIA INVADED.— Many of our readers already know that the soil of Virginia has been desecrated by the vandal hordes of the despotic government at Washington. Alexandria has fallen into their hands. On Saturday morning last, by land and by water, the city was invaded, and in a few hours the minions of Lincoln had taken possession of the shops and depots and offices of the several railroads and all other public property. The volunteers stationed there escaped, except a cavalry company from Fairfax, who were captured and taken on board a man-of-war. For particulars see details elsewhere.
Our soil has been invaded and the blood of our citizens shed while patriotically defending himself against the ruthless thieves and murderers who compose the federal hordes. Men of VIRGINIA!— sons of the sires of '76!— rush to arms! Your dearest liberties, your household goods, your families, your property, are all at stake! The invader must be met—he must be repelled—he must be vanquished by your strong arms and stout hearts. VIRGINIA expects every man to do his duty. We must organize volunteer companies in every neighborhood. They must be drilled thoroughly for active service. When the war shall be fairly commenced, the services of every able-bodied man in the State will be required! Be assured of this. To the young men we say, lose not a moment in attaching yourself to a volunteer company.— Tenth Legion.