The Yankee conscripts.
--A letter from Kinston, N. C.
, to the Raleigh Journal,
Four Yankee deserters came in on day before yesterday.
One of them talks quite freely concerning the condition of affairs below.
He says that one hundred and fifty of the new conscripts or drafted men, deserted at Newbern
last week, and are now at large below our lines, some of them endeavoring to work their way North
, whilst others will come into our lines and join the Southern
army if permitted to do so. He says the drafted men at the North
will not fight; that all the fighting men in that country have joined the army some time ago. These deserters give but very little information as regards the enemy's strength at Newbern
; they seem to not know much about it, as they are conscripts themselves, and recently arrived there.