A heavy rain last night put the roads in bad condition for our trains and artillery.
But as there is no necessity for rapid movement, and as our backs are turned towards the enemy's heels, we can afford to march leisurely, so as not to injure or break down our animals.
Officers and men who have served in a campaign like that we have just closed, soon learn how important it is to take every possible care of their cavalry, artillery and draught animals.
We arrived at Elm Springs on the 3rd, and there seems to be a prospect of our remaining here several days, as we hear that there is going to be shortly a reorganization of the Army of the Frontier. Gen. Blunt has been relieved, and bade his troops farewell to-day, and, with his staff and escort, started to Forts Scott and Leavenworth. On account of his personal bravery and the brilliant achievements of his campaign, he has greatly endeared himself to his troops.
I speak from personal knowledge of his bravery.
He was to the fr
ge thoughts come rushing through the mind.
If they are suns, as we are taught, like our sun, have they planets revolving around them like the planets that revolve around our sun?
And if they thus have their systems of planets and satellites revolving around them, are any of those planets inhabited by beings something like those on this earth?
But the nightly procession of the Constellations across the heavens will continue eternally, and we shall get no answer to our questions.
On the 3rd the Indian Delegation left for Washington on business pertaining to their own interests.
While they have no representative in Congress, the Cherokees, Creeks, &c., deem it expedient to keep at the Capitol of our Government during the Sessions of Congress, representatives to confer with the authorities, and to prepare such measures as it may be thought desirable to bring before Congress.
Not a year passes that Congress is not called upon to pass certain laws in regard to the affairs of most
ar degenerate into a form that would put us on a par with the lowest savages.
One would think that the confederate leaders, who like to boast of their chivalry, would not tolerate practices so much at variance with the usages of modern warfare among civilized nations.
In the end such treachery and cowardice can avail them nothing, besides it will leave a stain upon their arms that history cannot wipe out.
The Indian division left Camp Pomeroy on the Illinois river, on the morning of the 3d, and marched twelve miles southwest to Cincinnati, a small village on the State line.
The place may have contained a population of a hundred people before the war, but probably nearly half the families have moved away particularly those of known Union sentiments.
In peaceable times the few business establishments here perhaps had quite a traffic with the Indians from the Cherokee Nation.
It is the intention to remain here only a few days, when we shall pass into the Indian territory, which
d herds upon a thousand hills, make us feel that we have come into a land of peace and plenty.
It would be difficult to find four companies that have seen harder service than this battalion during the last year.
Coming here is almost like entering a new world.
News reaches us of the operations of our armies in the east, in Tennessee and along the Mississippi River, of not more than two days old. We have just heard of the great battle of Gettysburg, in Pennsylvania, on the 1st, 2d and 3d instant, and the defeat of the rebel army under General Lee; and of the capture of Vicksburg, Mississippi, by General Grant, on the 4th instant, with 27,000 prisoners, 128 pieces of artillery, eighty siege guns, and arms and ammunition for 60,000 men. We also hear that Port Hudson, below Vicksburg, on the Mississippi, has surrendered to General Banks since the fall of Vicksburg, with between eight or ten thousand prisoners, fifty to sixty pieces of artillery, small arms for fifteen thousand men, a
read such a wide region as we have to account for.
Captain Willets, of the Fourteenth Kansas cavalry, who was sent out several days ago by Colonel Blair, on scouting service in the direction of Lamar, Missouri, returned with his company on the 3rd, via Osage Mission, Kansas.
He found no enemy, but, from accounts that have reached here, he permitted his men to engage in disreputable depredations, robbery and murder.
If the statements made in regard to the matter are true, he deserves severo better officer could be found to thoroughly prepare a cavalry regiment for the field.
Considerable interest has been manifested by the people of this State in regard to the election for State officers in Missouri, which took place on the 3rd instant.
The election returns have nearly all been received by the Secretary of State, and they show that the Radical or Republican ticket has swept the State by an overwhelming majority.
As far as returns have been received from the soldiers in th
fire of guerillas at different points along the river.
The peaceful condition of things which has existed for several weeks past along the border has been slightly disturbed by the appearance of guerrilla bands in Southwest Missouri on the 3d instant.
But they will probably soon find it an uncomfortable section to operate in, as most of the militia have returned to their stations since Shelby's raid, and are ready to take the field against them.
At the different posts in Missouri, the horthat they are fluttering around the lamp of their own destruction.
A dispatch from Springfield, Missouri, of the 6th instant, states that General Marmaduke, with a force of about two thousand men and several pieces of artillery, was, on the 3d instant, encamped on White River in Arkansas, near the southern line of Missouri.
It is believed that he either intends to make a raid on Springfield, or to endeavor to capture our supply trains en route between that place and Fort Smith.