[Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.]
Camp near Midway Depot,Tennessee
, March 7th, 1864.
As much has been said about re-enlistments, it may be proper to state that in this battalion, (Alexander
's,) sicklin's Battery, (S. C.
) re-enlisted in December, last Jordan
's early in January, and Parker
's more recently, though the first enlistment of three years has not yet expired.
It is quite certain that the other battalions will re-enlist, if they have not yet done, so. I have heard many men not remarkable for spirit, say that as they have gone this far, they wish to see the "feel if it." There is a species of curiosity about that sort of patriotism not altogether unnatural.
's falling back a little last week was not because he had the fear of the Yankees
"he fore his eyes." He can advance when he feels disposed.
There is not as much disloyally in this part of the State
as is represented.
There who belong to this class are such men as would listen to the teachings of such men as Brownlow
, and mistake if for wisdom.
Bushwhacking is something that exists in name merely.
I have been here three months with good opportunities of learning, and have not heard of one single well authenticated case.
There are a good many deserters in the mountains, but they are not disposed to bushwhack.
Our men have plenty to eat, and were never in better spirits.
I think they are willing to go anywhere. P.