A marching record.--A few days since General Halleck
ordered General Curtis
to detach a portion of the army of the South-west, and send it with all possible despatch to the aid of the Federal
forces before Corinth
The order was received by the latter at Batesville, Ark.
, and promptly obeyed.
How many men were forwarded it is unnecessary to mention, but the alacrity of their movements is worthy of note.
The march from Batesville
to Cape Girardeau, Mo.
, a distance of two hundred and forty miles, was accomplished in ten days, some of the men being obliged to travel barefoot for the last sixty miles. This gives an average of twenty-tour miles per day; and when it is remembered that the regulation day's march is fifteen miles, we can readily accord the honor for rapid locomotion to the soldiers of the South-west.
The day before the battle of Pea Ridge
, a detachment from Curtis
's army, under Colonel Vandever
, marched from Huntsville
to Sugar Creek
, forty-one miles, with but two halts of fifteen minutes each.
Few of the soldiers in the armies under McClellan
have undergone hardships equal to those incident to a campaign in Missouri
It is a significant fact that there have been proportionately fewer deaths by disease in the armies of the South-west than in those which, month after month, lay dormant along the Potomac
and the Ohio
and Mississippi Rivers