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The Daily Dispatch: may 23, 1862., [Electronic resource], General Bull Nelson and his sick Regiment. (search)
med, once wrote a letter to a distinguished Southern officer, expressing his desire to take service in the Southern army; and but for the tempting bait held out to him by Lincolndom, would now be defending, instead of at tacking, Richmond. However, we would not exchange his services in his present capacity for any he could have rendered as a Confederate officer. He could have added little to a military galaxy composed of such stars of the first magnitude — such genuine stars, not mere glittering humbugs — as Johnston, Beauregard, Magruder, Smith, and a score of other old comrades of McClellan, who are proving themselves every day his masters in the art of war. In his present position he is involving the Washington Government in a load of debt which bids fair to cripple it for the next century, and every day is adding millions to the load. We regard McClellan, with his slow, tortoise like movements, as equal to an army of fifty thousand well-equipped soldiers on the Southern sid
flag of the United States over Smithfield, and that they would require every man of any prominence in the village to take the oath of allegiance to the United States. Robert Whitfield, Esq., late delegate to the State Convention, refused to take the oath, and was immediately told to consider himself under arrest, and prepare to leave for Fortress Monroe Several members of the Town Council were also required to take the oath, which they did after some hesitation. One old gentleman named Smith was required to take the oath, with the understanding that he would be allowed to remain, but under no circumstances was he to leave Smithfield. He replied that he had a sick wife about 20 miles distant, and that all the powers of earth could not prevent him from visiting her. They then agreed that he might visit his wife, but positively enjoined upon him not to go one mile further. The house of the Mayor was rummaged and pillaged of every article of value, and a bountiful repast partak