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d at Camp Robertson, which circumstance speaks well for the 56th The men were genial without being boisterous, merry without madness, and dignified without dejection. As the last rays of the sun fell on the adjacent mountain ranges, capped with snow, while the valley below them could boast of none, a scene of indescribable beauty met the eye. It presented the appearance of a splendid, surging sea of molten gold! A dispatch from General Marshall, dated Dec. 22nd, to which I am permitted to have access by the popular and accommodating Quartermaster of the 56th Regiment, Dr. R. B. Patterson, reads as follows,--"The enemy in front at Louisa in large force--fifteen hundred Cavalry, and seven Regiments of Infantry and Artillery--thirty two miles from me. An army is collecting to drive me and intends to advance at once I am informed." As a consequence of this dispatch, there is considerable bustle in the Quartermaster's Department, and horses are being impressed rapidly. Occasional.
Army Promotions. Capt. C. G. Coleman, Jr., of the Frederickshall Greys, 23d Regiment Virginia Volunteers, (encamped near Winchester,) has been promoted to the rank of Major, and Mr. Francis Coleman, of Louisa, has been elected Captain to fill the vacancy thus created. Captain W. B. Ball, of the Chesterfield Troop, has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel of Cavalry, and ordered to report to Gen. Magruder, at Yorktown Captain Robert Douthat, of the Charles City Troop, has been promoted to the post of Major of Cavalry, with similar orders.