, of Missouri
, arrived in this city on Monday.
His mission to the capital at this juncture is purely official, though it had been intimated that the President
would send for him, in compliance with a request from the Missouri
delegation in Congress for the promotion of Gen. Price
.--There are many, however, who doubt that General Price
will be elevated, since he is not a man of military education — not a graduate of West Point
— but, like Hannibal
and Cæsar, is simply a soldier of unsurpassed brilliancy and genius.
The army at Spring field is now much larger than it ever was, and in better condition.
The Southern cause in the State
enlists the sympathies of every class of citizens, except a very trifling minority.
Many even of those in arms opposed to us, under the auspices of the Lincoln State Government
, are friendly towards the Southern
cause, and would join us immediately, if practicable.
As it is, desertions are of daily occurrence Very recently over five thousand of the ‘"State Guard,"’ or Union State troops, joined Gen. Price
, and have since proved themselves a valuable acquisition to his forces.
Here, as elsewhere in the South
, arms are badly needed.
It is said that if the men could be furnished with weapons, hosts of Missouri
troops would flock to our standard and drive the Yankees
from the State
like chaff before the whirl wind.
is now threatened from three points by immense odds of the enemy, and we may expect before long to hear of a splendid affair in this quarter.