A word about the Comforts of the soldier.
I have just returned from a two weeks trip to see our brave volunteers who are now in Kentucky
and in Knoxville
They are generally a fine-looking set of men, and are very anxious to have a fight with A be Lincoln
Some few cases of sickness.
There is one feature of the army which the attention of our Government should be called to. The proper clothing during the coming winter of our southern troops, whose wardrobes, so far as I can judge from what I have seen and beard during my trip are well furnished with summer clothing, but for winter they are not prepared and conversed with one Captain
of a Mississippi company, who told me his men generally were men of property, pay was no object with them, but, as the first froats were beginning to bite they felt anxious to know how they, as well as the other portions of our army, were to get their heavy winter clothing, they are willing to fight and are willing to pay for what they want but are not willing to face the rigors of a Northern winter with their light, their Southern clothing, and such as should escape, to have to suffer their join to racked with rheumatism the balance of their lives, for the want of what can be obtained with the proper exertions and risks of our Confederate Government.
A soldier requires two good pair of thick, heavy shoes
, two to four pair of good, warm woolen socks or stockings, one good suit of common clothes--two would be better--two puts of drawers, one good, heavy woolen blanket that will keep him warm and dry, one hat or cap. And then every company should be provided with a number of water-proof overcoats sufficient to protect all the pickets while on duty.
Where is all this mass of clothing to come from--one million pairs of shoes, one to two million pairs of socks or stockings, one million pairs of drawers, half a million pairs of pants, same of vests and coats, and five hundred thous and blankets, the same number of hats or caps, besides shirts, &c? The winter will soon be upon us. Our soldiers are marching to a colder clime.
Where are these goods to come from?
Our men are too good and too valuable to be sacrificed; let our Government provide in time for them, run every risk rather than let them suffer.
These things can be had, and a plan has been for warded to headquarters showing how. We require men of energy at every post.
enterprise is doing much — the ladies are working faithfully, but unless one-half of the above are prepared by other means, our men are obliged to suffer, is the deliberate opinion of your Correspondent.
Lyons's Store Hawkins co., Tenn.
, Oct. 20.