Affairs in Culpeper.
[correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.]
Near Culpeper C. H., Aug. 20, 1863.
Everything remains quiet along our lines in front of this place.
For some days past our own pickets and those of the enemy have been sitting lazily on their horses within speaking distance.
Occasionally a Confed waves a newspaper, advances half-way, and is met by a Yank.; mutual conversation is carried on for a few minutes, then an interchange of tobacco for coffee, or a Dispatch
for a Herald
or Washington Star
It is conjectured here, and with apparent truth, that the enemy are withdrawing their forces from this side of the river.
Their force is supposed to be composed of two brigades of infantry and a much larger force of cavalry.
Absentees from the army are returning rapidly since the proclamation of President Davis
The ranks will soon be filled again.
The many friends of Capt. R. A. Caskie
will be gratified to learn that he has recently been promoted to the office of Major
of the 10th Va. cavalry.
He is an efficient officer, and the regiment is pleased with the appointment.
The rumored appointment of Major-Gen. Hood
of cavalry has caused quite a sensation in our cavalry division.
Many of us have been surprised at reading letters in the Richmond papers' favorable to Gen. J. E. B. Stuart
, and purporting to speak the sentiments of the entire cavalry division.
We are much surprised that a writer in the Whig
should regard the appointment of Gen. Hood
as an unpardonable outrage.
We have the highest respect for Gen. Hood
, and should it please the War Department to appoint him we would not think it an unpardonable "outrage," but would rather hail him as our gallant chieftain, and follow him with pride, should he be the choice of our Government.
We do not wish to dictate for or attempt to intimidate the War Department in its appointments, and we are surprised to see that some would regard such an appointment an outrage.
We only hope that the War Department may ever stand firm against all attempts at intimidation, and appoint as officers to command us those best qualified.