The two armies.--The Southern forces consist of two distinct armies — the Provisional and the Regular Confederate armies.
are enlisted for the space of twelve months, to go wherever they are ordered.
Most of their forces belong to this class, which is generally made up of volunteer State militia.
Their uniform varies, much the same as the volunteers of the Northern State
Their pay is $11 per month.
The services of all volunteers who may offer themselves are accepted.
They are taken to Montgomery
Large numbers of the Provisional army are there encamped, much to the annoyance of the inhabitants.
They get into town and call for what they want, but never pay for any thing.
They drink and carouse night and day, and flourish their revolvers in the streets, swearing vengeance on all Northern men, or any men who dare oppose them.
The citizens do not dare to come into the streets, as they do not know what moment they might receive a fatal shot.
Ladies are exceedingly careful how they make their appearance ia the streets.
The regulars are enlisted for three years. These are composed of the lowest class of the white population, gathered up from the levee of New Orleans, Mobile
, and other seaports — men who resort to this as a last means of obtaining a livelihood.
Every inducement is offered to them to enlist.
Large placards, announcing large bounties — money in advance — are extensively circulated in the different cities throughout the whole Southern country.
Recruiting offices are established in Mobile
, New Orleans, and other smaller towns in that section, but the recruits do not come in as quickly as was anticipated.
Their uniform is indeed varied at present; but it is to consist of red flannel
shirt, black hat, and blue pants.
Their pay is only $7 per month.
They are the very hardest-looking white men that could be got together — just like returned filibusters.
They represent all nations, there being very few Americans
Men are very frequently impressed into the service.--N. Y. Tribune, May 28