The Reaction in the West.
--The Jackson Whig says the following is an extract from a letter to a citizen of that place from a gentleman in Chicago
"I should like to see you very much, but I suppose it will be some time before we will see each other, as you have made up your mind to take your chances with the South
I know I should do the same if I was there.
One thing is sure, and that is that I shall never fight against the South
I understand they are going to impress men into service, and if it should be my luck to be one of them, you may look for me down there; for, before I would fight in this abolition army, I would be shot.
There was a regiment of men left here last night for Missouri
They were the most inferior men I ever saw. There is a great reaction going on here, since men begin to look at things coolly.
Six weeks ago we did not dare say a word against the war, but since they are beginning to make it an Abolition war, we talk and say just what we like.
It has been very difficult to get volunteers, and it would be nearly impossible to get them at all, if they could get anything else to do."