Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
from Camp Pickens.
Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, June 27, 1861.
You have already noticed in your valuable columns the return of the companies from Fairfax
The conviction of their taking about 50 per cent, of duties from our shoulders, had no small share in the hearty welcome we bestowed upon our companies in arms.
The leader of our very efficient band, Mr. Smith
, turned out, notwithstanding the lateness of the hour, and conducted them to their respective quarters, under the soul-stirring strains of ‘"La Marseillaise"’ and ‘"Dixie. "’
Before I proceed, I am bound to comment on the extract of a private letter in your paper of 23d. First, Mr. Private
prophecies that our regiment will get the valuable acquisition of three Irish companies.
I am sorry to have to contradict this with the substantial proofs that one of the vacancies has been filled up already by the Washington Volunteers, a very well drilled company, numbering sixty-five men, rank and file, under Captain Sherman
, which company has only two of Erin's sons.
As we are totally ignorant yet about any company having left us but the Blues, I cannot tell what may befall us yet. When Private
declares that the Rev. Dr. Teeling
gives universal satisfaction, his language is unnecessary and too inclusive.
Without detracting in any manner from Dr.
T.'s abilities, I would say that his ministry is chiefly conflued to Company C, Montgomery Guard. Capt. Boggs
, who, in the same message, gets put down as being somehow or other disliked on account of his strictness, gets nightly crowded, not only by his own company, but by members of all the other companies, including several officers, who come to listen with reverence and attention to the eloquent prayers which he sends up in our behalf to the God of Peace and Battles.
Please excuse this deviation, Mr. Editor
; for, knowing that you want truth and no fiction, I thought it my duty to enlighten you on this subject.
In behalf of your military readers, be it stated that we get drilled now in light infantry and skirmish drill, which latter makes a sad havoc in our ‘"garde-robe."’ This drill having mostly to be performed kneeling and lying, so that, as the most of us look now, we would not be fit to parade through the streets of Richmond
or in Capitol Square. Our regiment, with the 11th and 17th, all Virginia volunteers, form the Fourth Brigade, under Col. Terrett
We received an order last week to remove our quarters to within the entrenchments; but as the doctor reported our present place healthier than the one we had to move to, the order was countermanded.
, are not you of my opinion, that when we once come back to Richmond
, and intend to settle down, i. e.,
choose a helpmate, we can cut out
all the young men who have volunteered to stay at home to protect the firesides!
Besides military accomplishments, we acquire all the arts of domestic economy, and could assist our spouses in cooking, washing, ironing, and cleaning up, in emergency.
Talking about cooking, don't you hear the cook playing on his triangle?
[He chooses to call thus the knocking with a piece of iron on a pot-hook.] Supper ready!