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Lincoln's ragged Regiment.
[from the Phila. North American, April 24th.]

It is greatly to be feared that the raw troops we are hurrying for ward to the seat of war are not likely, from the condition they are in, to reflect much credit upon their State or prove very serviceable as soldiers. At Camp Curtin, near Harrisburg, we are told by a gentleman who had just returned from there, all is disorganization, and the gathering has more the appearance of a mob than an army. If the country companies and regiments which have passed through Philadelphia may serve as fair specimens, we should judge this report to be true. After midnight on Monday they fired off guns as they marched through the streets of our city. We saw several companies. They had arrived in the city during the night, and had nothing to eat since leaving Harrisburg. When we saw them they were discontented, in subordinate, and swearing at the city, their officers and everything else. They had each man a loaf of bread stuck on his bayonet, that being the only way they could carry their next meal, as they had no knapsacks. A blanket was slashed around the body, and some had what seemed like a satchel hung at the side, which we took to be either a pouch for cartridges or a place to put a ration of meat. Others had no cartridge pouch at all, and on being asked pulled their cartridges out of their pockets, which seemed to be stuffed full of them. One man told us that he had been furnished with no ration since he left his home in Huntingdon.

A number of companies from Schuylkill looked as though taken fresh from the mines, hands and faces being blacked with coal dust. Indeed, all of them might be regarded fairly as the great unwashed, whether coming from Schuylkill or anywhere else. As for uniform, we did not see the slightest pretence at it among any of these men. One German company had not even arms. Several companies had no drummers, and there was one regiment so completely disorganized that the men could not tell the names of any of their officers except the Colonel. Inquiries for the quartermaster seemed to be fruitless, as there appeared to be none, and yet there were over six hundred men in this regiment, commanded, too, by a member of the Legislature.

This is the sort of material of which the regiments from the interior are formed. In most cases they are totally ignorant of the organization of battalions, regiments and brigades, and we fear very much that half of them have not proper regimental officers to provide for their wants. We are aware of the difficulties surrounding so great a task as the uniforming, arming and provisioning of such masses; but it is surprising that no adequate arrangements have been made here to supply these poor fellows with food or quarters. On Monday night, a company from the interior, in a famished state, excited the commiseration of Lieut. Paullen, of the Seventh Ward Police, so that he took up a subscription among the spectators and raised about forty dollars, with which a good meal was given to every man. A regiment from Western Pennsylvania, raw, rough, famished, and clamorous, marched into the Continental Hotel at midnight and ordered supper. The servants were all abed, no food was cooked and no orders had been received to feed these men.--Nevertheless, the humane proprietors of the hotel hurriedly got together ham, bread, etc. with a view of sending it to the railroad depot, whither the men were to be marched. Scarcely had these provisions made their appearance when they were seized and divided out among the starving multitude of soldiers, each man taking a ham, a sausage, a loaf of bread, or whatever else he could lay hands on.

When we saw the state of these men, we could not help appreciating the wisdom of the decision of Major General Patterson, when he announced that the men of his division should not march until they were properly provided for. Our men are stalwart fellows, full of fight; but Philadelphia will not take up the line of march again to be helplessly slaughtered. Col. Lewis' regiment paraded yesterday. It is very strong in numbers, and the men are generally stout, well made, muscular and soldierly. If they had uniforms and accoutrements, they would be as formidable a body of soldiers as any regiment in the field. But no one feels as much like a soldier when out of uniform as he does when in it. There is a pride in the cloth which is no mean part of the spirit of an army. Pennsylvania owes it to herself to have all her men uniformed and well armed and accoutred, as well those who have already gone as those now here.

We have abundance of money, credit and working capacity to do this, and we trust it may be done promptly. The shocking want of organization of regiments and brigades, and the absence of discipline and competent officers, we must confess, surprised us very greatly. Uniforms cannot supply such things. Our city troops are being thoroughly officered and trained, and in Generals Patterson and Cadwalader they have capable and experienced chiefs. But what is the matter with the field officers who have charge of the troops from the interior? They have either done nothing, or the work is too much for them. There is something more serious on hand now than mere holiday parades. The task of moulding these raw bodies into perfectly trained soldiers is one calculated to call forth the energies of even the most experienced officers. We do not mean to censure anybody at this time, but it is painfully evident that there is a great and grievous neglect somewhere. It is not too late to remedy it, and we therefore earnestly urge upon the Governor of the Commonwealth to call the Generals and Regimental officers to account for the lack of discipline and organization, and the Quartermasters and Commissary Generals for the deficiency of clothing, accoutrements and provisions.

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