From the Valley
movements of Col. Taliaferro's Brigade — Change of quarters — kindness extended to them on their Route, &c.
[Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.]
Camp of Taliaferro's Brigade, Four miles beyond Winchester,
Frederick Co., Va
It has been sometime since I have troubled you with any communication, and I now take the liberty of again giving you some particulars of the movements of the portion of the army with which your correspondent is connected.
As-you are well aware, I wrote you last from Camp Bartow, Pocahontas county
; since which time we have changed our quarters to a far more genial clime, and where we have met with civilization and the utmost kindness
This Brigade, consisting of the 1st Georgia, Maj. Thompson
, commanding; the 3d Arkansas, Maj. Manning
; the 37th Va. Lieut. Col. Carson
; and the old 23d Va. Volunteers Lieut. Col. A. G. Taliaferro
--under the command of Col. Wm. B. Taliaferro
--left Camp Bartow on Friday, the 21st of November and reached our present encampment on Sunday, December 8th. Fortunately we had very pleasant weather for the march, and the troops were exceedingly well pleased with the beautiful country they passed through and the kindness extended to them by the hospitable and generous-hearted citizens of the Valley of Virginia
Truly, such a country and such people are well worth fighting for, and none will be more willing to do so than Taliaferro
's Brigade, who, for six months past, have endured the hardships and sufferings of a severe campaign in the most mountainous and wildest region of the State
As we passed through the various towns on out march, the brigade was highly complimented on its soldiery bearing and general good appearance.
The Richmond Sharp-Shooters, Capt. R. A. Tompkins
, received particular notice, from their fine appearance and martial bearing.
They bad just received their handsome uniforms, so liberally and kindly furnished by the city of Richmond
, and looked as well and nice as they did when they first left the city.
Perhaps it would not be proper to state the many reasons given for the transfer of our troops to this place, and, therefore, I will not mention any; but will furnish you with any important event that transpires hereafter.
Col. Wm. B. Taliaferro
has won the confidence and esteem of his troops since he has had charge of a brigade, in which capacity he has been ably assisted by that gentleman, soldier and officer, Wm. B. Pendiston
, Acting Ass't Ad't General.