[Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.]
a happy Christmas — the Rogue's March Superseded by Yankee Doodle.
Camp of 12th Mississippi Regiment, Christmas Day, 1861.
A happy Christmas
, from a quiet line of the army, I cordially send you, Gen. McClellan
has no idea of taking Christmas
cheer, down on this little old stream called Bull Run
We are all sorry for that; while, with creamy bowl of egg-nogg, we soldiers drink permanency to the young Confederacy, and good health to our glorious President
The only new thing of note, is a custom just adopted in the army.
When a worthless soldier is "drummed out," it is done to the tune of Yankee
-Doodle, instead of the Rogue
's March, as was the custom.
The new custom arose from the fact, that more rogues march any day, now-a-days, to the tune of Yankee
-Doodle, than have marched in all time, to the Rogue
The custom arose from a suggestion of Col. Harry Haze
, of the 7th Louisiana regiment, and does that gentleman credit as an observer of events.