From the Peninsula.
the people of King and Queen — their kindness to the soldiers — Anxiety of the troops to meet Lincoln's hirelings, &c.
[Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.]
Camp Martin, York Co., Nov. 11, 1861.
In justice to the people of King and Queen
, I desire to say something in regard to the reception and treatment of the sick soldiers of the 5th regiment of North Carolina volunteers, (as I was one of the number.) I cannot find language to express my gratitude for their hospitality and kindness during our stay among them.
And their memory will ever be cherished in my bosom.
I think that I can safely say in behalf of all of the regiment who enjoyed their hospitalities, that they fully appreciate the kindness which they received from the patriotic people of the patriotic county of King
, and Queen
I have heard some of the boys say that, before the Yankees
ever press the soil of King
, with their polluted feet, to molest the people, they will have to walk over their dead bodies.
It is needless for me to attempt to try to tell my gratitude to Mr.
. T., with whom I stayed, for I cannot do it, I owe them a debt of gratitude which I shall never be able to pay.
I do not think that there is a more patriotic county in the State
Besides furnishing a large number over her quota of soldiers, they have a number of patriotic, intelligent, and I may add, beautiful and lovely daughters making large quantities of clothing and sending to the soldiers of different States.
I would not be at all surprised that some of the boys will be visiting King
again when the war is over, for I am inclined to the opinion that more than one of them left their hearts behind when they came away.
I am glad to be able to say that the health of our regiment is now good, though we have had a great deal of sickness.
They are all in fine spirits, but spoiling for a fight.
We are now close in the neighborhood of Lincoln
's hirelings, but they dare not come out of their dens and face us. When you do hear of the North Carolina
5th getting into an engagement, you may expect to hear a good report from them and of some Yankees being hurt. W. L. M.