Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
Encampment, Grove Wharf,
Headquarters Young Guard, June 29, 1861.
There is not a great amount of stirring news to communicate, although we are ever on the alert, and the Yankees
may rest assured that when they do honor
us with a visit, they will not catch us napping, for our motto is, ‘"Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty, "’ and, with that maxim ever uppermost in our minds, we shall always be prepared to give the fanatical invaders a warm reception.
At present the time draws slowly along, but I presume it is the calm before the storm, and therefore we daily cast our eyes ahead for breakers; but I judge Picayune Butler
is one of those who now considers ‘"discretion the better part of valor; "’ but ‘"those whom the Gods wish to destroy they first make mad,"’ and we only hope the brave soldier, all the way from ‘"Bosting,"’ will have sufficient temerity to again venture within our reach, and he may depend that Bethel
will be even out Betheled; for since the boys have smelt powder and blood they are determined when they do start again they will take a through ticket, at least, as far as Hampton
We are rejoiced to learn that the portion of our (15th) regiment, stationed at King's Mills
, have such glorious times.
As they seem to be afraid that they will become lazy, our portion of the regiment think it would probably benefit their health by having an exchange and transfer to this point, for all those indulgences and luxuries they boast of we are deprived of. Our task is two and three drills and a dress parade every day, with a large part of our command on picket and quarter-guard duty, and to-day we have added a heavy labor to our other arduous duties.
There is little hope of often having the privilege of visiting home.
You may readily perceive we have a sufficiency of camp labor to undergo; but, as it is for the good of our holy cause and our country, we are content and willing to perform our duties like good and true soldiers.
‘" Honor to whom honor is due."’ It is the impression in camp that the 15th Regiment will be removed to Richmond
the early part of the week, but how long we shall remain there we are not informed; as the boys are anxious to take one more peep at our noble ‘"city of the seven bills,"’ we are quite grateful even for the privilege of passing through the town.
I shall write again shortly, and I hope I shall then be able to inform you that ‘"We have met the enemy and they are ours."’
J. L. Jr.