[for the Richmond Dispatch.]
Hanover County, July 25, 1861.
To the Editors of the Dispatch:
I observe in your paper of yesterday some excellent suggestions, copied from a Nashville paper, urging the importance of preparing a timely and abundant supply of winter clothing for our soldiers.
It is equally important, and more immediately necessary, to supply our soldiers now
More than two-thirds of them are without tents.
There can be no possible excuse given for this.
Those who have charge of this department know, and have known all the time, that the cotton factories of Virginia
, North Carolina
, and Georgia
, can make cotton duck, which is the best material for tents, and that they could make enough of it in three weeks to shelter the whole Army.
Instead of ordering the necessary supply of this material to be made, they have sent thousands of soldiers to the field with nothing but the canopy of heaven to shelter them.--If there were no other motive than self-interest to govern us in this matter, one would think that that alone would have remedied this unpardonable neglect.
Keep it before the people until something is done.