We learn that petitions, signed voluminously by both friends and personal as well as political opponents of General Floyd
, have been forwarded to President Davis
, urging him to restore the General
They urge it upon the grounds of the distinguished services of General Floyd
in the field, his great ability and forecast, and especially his power to command the confidence and excite the enthusiasm of his men strong and entirely well grounded appeals.
The list of signatures must exceed a thousand; and a little time will extend it, we learn, ad infinitum.
In connection with this statement, we have the information that Capt. Dunn
and Major McMahon
, of the Floyd Brigade
, (the latter of the General's staff
,) have just succeeded in raising, in the region about Abingdon
, a new regiment, of eleven companies--four of which, the reader will be pleased to learn, are recruited from one of the most decided Union localities of East Tennessee
. Capt. Dunn
informs us, further, that from the same Union region in Tennessee
one or more regiments, with proper measures, may be readily recruited.
We have not a doubt that the restoration of General Floyd
to his command will be the signal for a patriotic rallying of the men of Southwestern Virginia
and Eastern Tennessee
, and that in the ensuing month he will be able to take the field with a strong force, having entire confidence in a commander whom they will follow with pride through the struggles and trials of war.
Not doubting that the President
will set upon his own sense of duty and responsibility in the premises, we can but hope that, the ends of discipline being answered, he may find it agreeable to gratify the prayer of the petitioners, and restore to active life in the field a man who has proved his courage and his ability, and who at a former day rendered the Confederacy
a service for which we can never be too grateful.