Well, we are getting only some 700 conscripts per month in Virginia — the largest State!
At this rate, how are we to replenish the ranks as they become thinned in battle?
It is to be hoped the enemy will find the same difficulty in filling up their regiments, else we have rather a gloomy prospect before us. But God can and will save us if it be His pleasure.
There is a dispatch, unofficial, from the West, contradicting the news of the defeat of Van Dorn.
On the Cumberland River, another dispatch says, we have met with new successes, capturing or destroying several more gun-boats.
And Wheeler has certainly captured a railroad train in the rear of the enemy, containing a large sum of Federal money, and a number of officers.
We have nothing from the South, except a letter from Gen. Whiting, in regard to some demonstration at Bull Bay, S. C.
Major Griswold, Provost Marshal, is now himself on trial before a court-martial, for allowing 200 barrels of spirit