The Yankee deserters in Florida.
--The Savannah News
, noticing the rapid desertion of the Federal
troops from their command in Florida
Three of them were Germans, who could not speak a word of English
In conversation with a German Confederate soldier they represent that they belong to the 150th New York regiment.
They state that they had only been four months in New York, that they were made drunk and when they came to their senses they found themselves on board of a transport ship, bound for the Yankee
army in the South
They state that there are about one hundred other deserters from the Yankee
army between Palatka
, endeavoring to make their way to our lines.
One of the number, a fine looking young fellow, states that he belongs to the 47th Ohio regiment.
He gives as the reason why he deserted that a negro corporal was placed over him, with whom he had some difficulty, which resulted in his knocking the negro down.
Disgusted with his association with negroes, and to avoid punishment for his offence, he deserted to our lines.
These deserters represent that many of the Yankee
recruits, who, like the Germans above mentioned, were kidnapped and forced into the service against their will, have never received any pay, that there is much dissatisfaction and discontent in the Yankee
army, and that hundreds of them would desert if they had a full opportunity.
One of the deserters at Baldwin
states that the number of negroes killed and wounded in the fight at Olustee
had been ascertained to be 1,758.
Our informant states that when he left our lines on Wednesday there was unusual activity observed in the Yankee
camps, and it was thought that they were preparing either to fight or evacuate their present position.