Reading matter for soldiers.
--A letter from Manassas
, dated at the camp of the 16th Mississippi regiment, Jan. 21, written by an officer of that regiment, states that the men are now building winter quarters and some of the companies have finished their cabins.
The writer says that on these long winter evenings the soldiers feel the want of something to read, and express a desire for the possession of a library of good books.
The regiment being without a chaplain, no oral instruction of a moral nature can be imparted.
As under such a state of circumstances men must have something to occupy their minds, and good books supply the need, it has been suggested to us that Wm. P. Munford
, of the Army Committee
of the Young Men's Christian Association, will take charge of, and cause to be sent to the regiment, any number of books that may be supplied by the considerate kindness of our citizens.
This will no doubt be done with alacrity.
It is as little as those who stay at home can do to comfort and console those who are exposing their lives, not only to the hazards of war, in their defence, but to the sufferings entailed by the severity of winter in huts and tents, not by any means the best models for comfort and convenience or the inculcation of the Christian
The soldier should be cheered, sustained, and comforted, and the latter can be done in agreeable style to him by a good supply of books.
We do not feel called upon to indicate the kind of books, leaving that matter to the judgement and good taste of those who shall supply them.