Encouragement to fat Volunteers.--Richmond, January 27
.--Many of the fattest and bravest men in the Confederacy
are afraid to go into the army lest they should be unwieldy or incapable of rendering service.
This is a mistake.
Some exceedingly fat men are now in the service.
General Humphrey Marshall
served for two years. But to set the matter at rest, we need only cite the example of Chiapin Vitelli, one of the ablest generals who accompanied Alva to the Netherlands.
says of him: “He was equally distinguished for his courage, his cruelty, and his corpulence.
The last characteristic was so remarkable, that he was almost monstrous in his personal appearance.
His protuberant stomach was always supported in a bandage suspended from his neck; yet, in sp te of this enormous impediment, he was personally active on the battle-field, and performed more service — not only as commander, but as subaltern — than many a younger and lighter man.”
Be of good cheer, therefore, fat men; procure your bandages, and go in.