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are said to be numerous about Richmond, notwithstanding the vigilance of the conscript officers, and the assistance of the detectives. Many of these men captured and paroled on the Mississippi, but long since exchanged and ordered to report to their commands, are longing about the capital, some only leaving their hiding places at night, while others boldly show themselves in public places, as if defying arrest. Our armies need every able bodied conscript in the Confederacy at this time, and might be greatly strengthened from the various departments, where cripples, old men and ladies could readily perform the clerk shins. When Congress meets new devices will be called for, and strong efforts will be made to relieve the various departments of all conscripts, and to put into the field the thousands of young men who heretofore have been subjected to the hardships of indoor labors at $1,500 per year, while the more favored class in the field have been allowed the privilege of marching about the country, sleeping on the cold ground, fighting for honor and glory, and being required to spend only $11 per month of a depreciated currency. The class alluded to will no doubt be delighted with the contemplated change, for they have ever panted for the glories and honors of the field; and their friends in active service will welcome them with warm hearts to new and livelier sciences

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