--The Memphis Appeal publishes a letter, dated Johnson county, Ark.
, June 30th, from which we extract the following:
Express riders from Fort Smith
have been flying through this country to all parts of the State
for the past day or two, spreading the alarm that the Lincoln
mercenaries and thieves from the three great abolition States which beleaguer Missouri
west, north and east, were pouring into that Sate in overwhelming numbers, and driving the Confederates
Yesterday I saw a couple of Arkansas
soldiers from Fort Smith
, who reported that McCulloch
, with his command, was moving toward Missouri
They also confirmed the reports from Missouri
--They stated that Gov. Jackson
, with 1,500 Confederates, was retreating before overwhelming forces, and falling down upon the Arkansas
line; that he had given battle three times.
We have received here a printed proclamation from Ben McCulloch
in reference to the above, and calling upon all citizens to rally to the rescue of Missouri
with such arms as they have.
He orders them to report and rendezvous at Fayetteville
, where they will immediately organize into companies and battalions.
Every man nearly, that is left in our section, is arming and getting ready for the field immediately.
I was busy all day yesterday putting in order some old rifles and double-barrelled shot guns.
The invasion by the Lincolnites will be checked before it reaches our line.
We will give them a taste of Arkansas
hospitality — right between the eyes!
We had already sent, as we thought, nearly all the effective and available men to the field; but this second turnout will astonish you. Nearly all the good, serviceable horses are already in the field, and the rest for the most part will have to go afoot.
passed up to Fort Smith
a few days since, staying over night here.
We are looking for stirring times all along Mason
's line, and especially at Cairo
and in Virginia
I should like to hear of the capture of the great mud hole (Cairo
), and also of the bombardment and destruction of that infamous and insolent sink of iniquity, "Sinsennatty," which could easily be done with a few columbiads and mortars planted opposite on the Kentucky
It is to be regretted that the course of Kentucky
has been such as to forbid our investing Cincinnati
in the manner mentioned.
It would be to strike a terrible and trenchant blow where its effect would be terrible and disheartening to the foe.