Furloughs for getting recruits.
Camp Phillips's Georgia Legion, February 6, 1865.
To the Editor of the Richmond Dispatch:
As all of our leading men are aware, the ranks of our army are very much depleted and thinned.
I know that there are some recruits now at home who have never been in service.
Our ranks need filling up very much, and there is one way by which many might be brought into the field.
If an order was issued granting furloughs to men who furnish a recruit, I am aware that we would get a good many recruits.
I know of several who could get recruits if this was done, and they are holding them back, thinking that an order will be issued to that effect.
Can't something be done to strengthen our lines?
Will not our leading men divert their attention to this?
We need more men, and must have them if there is any chance to get them.
Our enemy has a large army, and ours might be increased a good deal if the proper means are used to do it with.
I do not wish to be advising our authorities, but I simply express my views as a soldier.