The army of Tennessee.
A correspondent of the Columbus (Ga.) Times,
dating at Da ton, January 20th, writes an encouraging letter concerning the army of Tennessee.
The condition and numbers of the army of Tennessee, since I last wrote you, have improved daily and rapidly, and if the recent enactments of Congress are rigidly enforced, and the people aroused to the dangers threatening the success of this mighty contest for civil and religious liberty, the thudding spring will witness an army marshaled and ready to meet the invader, sufficient in number and spirit to drive back the tide of invasion which promised a few weeks since to desolate our beloved State.
Whatever may be the public opinions as to the justice of the ant-substitute bill, no one acquainted with its beneficial effect upon the soldiers in actual service can gainsay the propriety, if not the absolute need, of such a law. The first and most important result of its repeal was the change visible in the tone and temper of those who, for three years, have manfully breasted the storm of war in this department, and, from inability or an honorable determination not to avail themselves of its advantages, have suffered hunger, pain, and merit, whilst their more fortunate or less patriotic neighbors have enjoyed ease, comfort, and safety.
Men had become moriase, and melancholy forthcoming of disaster and defeat filled the minds of all. A pail of despair settled upon us, enveloping officers and men in the cheerless fords; but, as a ray of light athwart the midnight darkness came the repeal.
Substitution died and hope received; and now, to day, no army on continent stands more cheerful, hopeful, or defiant before an enemy.
Other causes of just complaint have been removed, and have aided materially in working the happy change in our condition.
Men who have been upon detached service anywhere but at the right place have been returned to their commands.
have been of a better kind and more abundant; and, notwithstanding Gen. Bragg
has deserved (and, I trust, always will deserve) the unlimited condense of the army, yet his relinquish at of his high trust and the appointment of Gen. Johnson
, was patriotic and wise in the highest degree, both with our beloved old chief and our able Chief Magistrate
This revelation in the mordle
of the army most be fed and kept if success is to crown the next and most important campaign of the war.--How to do this is the acme, the essence of generalship.
We believe our leaders able, willing, and braver, and so far as men, by acquired skill or natural ability, can control the temper of an army, its zeal will not be permitted to relax.
But to the people at home we shall look for moral support, equally as essential as bread and beef to the integrity and usefulness of the army.--Shall they have it in the future.
I fear the record of the people at home is not what the exigencies of the cases require.
Too many are despondent and doomful of the final result.
Too much zeal has been wasted to keep men from the field of death and honor.
Too many, whose pecuniary interests are completely involved in our success, have withdraws all their moral support.
in a word, too many abominable, cowardly croakers are permitted to sow discord and dissension in the land.
I have been led to make these remarks by reports brought to camp by men returning from home on furlough or detached service.
The people a home are "whipped," is the universal story.
And it one half they tell be true hundreds are ready to welcome peace on dishonorable terms — to how their proud Southern hearts and bodies to the rule of Lincoln
and his minions — to kiss the rod which smiles, and stand forever on the pages of history as people unwilling to hazard life and the comforts of home for a season, for the estimable blessings freedom gloriously won for themselves and posterity.
Such feelings, if indulged, should be banished and all unite as one man, against the common danger.
Unity is strength; concord is invincibility.