A correspondent in Caroline
writes that the Exemption Board
for that county have disposed of all applicants for exemption from military duty as far as they were concerned; and yet, a good many whose applications were rejected, and many others who have never made application for exemption, remain at home, a goodly number of whom express a determination not to leave, unless forced to do so.
The same correspondent asks if there is no authority in the army near Fredericksburg
to force these recreants into the ranks ? In reply to this interrogatory, we have only to state that abundant authority exists to compel every man to take up arms who owes service in military capacity to the Confederacy
If that authority is not exercised, it is no fault of ours.
We fear that the evil complained of is not peculiar to Caroline.