The 56th regiment Virginia volunteers.
Abingdon, Va. Dec. 08, 1861.
The 56th regiment of Virginia volunteers arrived at this place on the 26th of November, after a long and tedious journey from Richmond
Since its arrival here our men have been treated with the greatest kindness and hospitality by the citizens.
This is an old village, beautifully situated, and surrounded on all sides by the grandest and most gorgeous mountain scenery.
Provisions are plentiful, and the men are greatly pleased with this section of the State
This regiment, I believe, is the only one in the service which selected its own field officers and for the information of these who
have friends and relations with us, I will name the various officers connected with the regiment.
Colonel W. D. Stuart
, of Richmond
; Lt. Col. P. Slaughter
, of Orange
W E. Green
, of Charlotte
; Co. A, Capt. Boswell
; Co. B, Capt.
G W Davis
; Co C. Capt. T. Smith
, Loniss; Co. D. Capt.
; Co. E, Capt. Taylor
; Co. F. Capt.
; Co. G, Capt. Thomas D. Jeffress
: Co. H. Capt. Michie
, Albermarle; Co. J. Capt. J. Palmer
; Co. K, Capt.
D C. Harrison
, Marion Howard
and Dr. Evans
B. B. Patterson
R. C. Nicholas
, Commissary, and F., B. Goode
The companies are excellently armed and very well equipped and disciplined.
I do not know definitely how long we will remain at this place.
But little apprehension are now entertained of an invasion in this section.--Suffice it to say that if the myrmidons of Lincoln
should attempt it they will be ‘"welcomed with bloody hands to hospitable graves" ’
Board here at hotels is cheap.
Fire very good.
Salt here is worth 75 cents per bushel, and pork adout $7 per hundred.
Our dress parades are witnessed every evening by a large number of the cities
of the town.
The ladies turn out in great numbers and are proverbial for their incomparable mountain beauty.
They appear to be the very picture of health and happiness; and the crimson glow of modesty overspreading their cheeks adds new lustre to their charms.
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