soldiers: In assuming the command of so brave and intelligent an army as that to which President Davis
has assigned me, I desire at once to win your confidence by frankly declaring that I am a Northern man by birth; but I have married, raised children, and own negroes in the South
, and as such shall never consent to see my daughters eating at the same table or intermarrying with the black race, as the Northern
teachers of equality would have them.
I take command of you as a soldier, who will not fear to lead where any brave man can follow — I am no street soavrnger
--no General Lovell
(Cheers.) If any soldier in this command is aggrieved, or shall feel himself aggrieved by any act of his superior officer, he must have no hesitation in applying to me personally for redress.
The doors of my headquarters shall never be closed against the poorest and humblest soldier in my command.
Come to me, if you suffer wrong, as fearlessly as you would charge the enemy's battery, and no orderly shall turn you off, or tell you, as has been too much the case in our army, that the General
cannot see nor hear the complaints of his soldiers.
(Applause.) In regard to the question of interference by Europe
, we want no interference in our private quarrel.
(Great applause.) We must settle the question ourselves, or fail entirely.
The moment England
interferes she will find us a united people, and she will have to Meet with the armies of the South as well as of the North
. (Cheers, and cries of “Yes, yes, yes,” from every quarter; “No interference,” “Let us settle it between us.” ) I am glad to see you thus united on this question; and, with a reliance on ourselves, selves, and a firm trust in the God of battles, in a few days your General will again fling your banners to the breeze, and march forward to retrieve the recent disasters we have suffered in this department.
The General was loudly cheered as he closed his address to the troops, who appeared to be quite satisfied with their new commander.
It is worthy of note that the two principal Generals
in the rebel army immediately in our vicinity, on the east bank of the Mississippi
, are Northern men, and, we believe, from Massachusetts
It is also worthy of note that the dislike of England
is quite as strong in the rebel army as in the ranks of the defenders of the Union
in the Third Wisconsin regiment it is a rule that no soldier can leave camp without a pass.
The chaplain one day distributed tracts; among them was one headed: “Come, Sinner, come!”
Soon afterward, the tract was picked up in the camp, and under the heading was pencilled: “Can't do it; Colonel Rogers
won't sign any pass!”