--A letter in the Atlanta Appeal,
from North Alabama
, gives the following account of affairs in that quarter under Yankee rule:
A regiment of negroes is encamped at Blue Spring
, four miles north of Huntsville
, and, in all likelihood, this is the bouquet of "African
scent" to be placed on the barbette over the "loved ones at home." Bradford Hambrick
, arrested and sent North to prison by the Abolitionists, is "to be held in confinement at hard labor until the close of the war." They have also arrested Ben. Harden
, and put him in jail, to be tried "for the murders (?) he has committed in Madison
and Marshall counties
have, it is said, ordered all of the negro women and children to return home, to "aid in raising (and eating) a crop this year," and for the same purpose, all "refuse" negro men, such as are not fit for military service.
has been sent to a Northern prison.
is said to be filled with deserters and conscripts, and they will remain there unless the enemy is driven out.
refuse to allow, "as yet," trade to he carried on across the Tennessee
, and it is very difficult to get letters in because the citizens within the lines fear to take them in. I will close this desultory communication with a sprightly and surefooted anecdotes of Gov. Chapman
: The wood contractors to the Yankee
army in Huntsville
, had quite destroyed the lovely grove and parks about the private suburban villas, and had made a furious onslaught, axes in hand, upon the grove around the country residence of the Governor
It had been said, "by authority," that wanted spoliation of properly in or around the town would not be permitted; thereupon the venerable Governor approached Col. Alexander
commanding post, and said:
, I have the honor to inform you sir, that your axmen are treating my property very badly, by want only destroying the grove around my house, especially as there is wood in abundances, more convenient then that — I ask you interference in the matter.
----This is Governor Chapman
, I believe."
Governor--"Yes sir, that is my mama"
--"Well Governor, I don't think you have any property about here."
Governor--‘"Well es; if it is not mine, be no kind as to inform me whose it is. "’
--"It is the property of the Government
of the United States
very well Colonel,
I have come to inform you then, that your soldiers are treating the property of the United States Government--damned badly.
Good day, Colonel