--Dissatisfaction Among Lincoln's Soldiers.
--A correspondent of the St. Louis Republican, dated Cairo, Ill.
, July 14, says:
If ever a set of men were badly treated, we, the soldiers here at Cairo
, are the men.
We have been here nearly three months without pay.
We were told that we should serve under officers of our own election.
Well, we elected Col. B. M. Prenties
, Brigadier General
of this Brigade, by a vote of 180 to 1 over Capt. Pope
, and yet Capt. Pope
has been appointed Brigadier General
, and now actually ranks General Prentiss
, and we may be at any moment transferred from the command of Gen. Prentiss
to that of Gen. Pope
4th. Governor Yates
can go East twice, ‘"making fine speeches and eating fine dinners. "’ He seems to have forgotten that there are 8,000 men here at Cairo
, and has utterly neglected to give them one cent, although the Legislature of the State has voted $3,000,000 for us.
Our rations have been very bad in quality and short in quantity.
, I am, it is true, only a common private soldier,
and you may throw this communication aside in disgust.
Be it so. But the common soldier has the fighting to do, and I now tell you that even with him there is a point where forbearance is no virtue.
We demand justice for Gen. Prentiss
If you don't give us that, beware.