A regiment of Greybeards.
The Thirty-seventh regiment of Iowa
volunteers (known as the “Greybeard regiment” ) left St. Louis
on Monday for the South
A striking peculiarity of this regiment is, that nearly all its members, officers and men, are over forty-five years of age. Three fourths of them are grey-headed, and many have long white beards, giving them a venerable appearance.
Many have sent their sons to the field, and are now following them.
One of the arts by which the Southern
heart is fired is this: Soon after the battle of Murfreesboro
, the rebel General Bragg
caused to be printed and widely circulated in the army counterfeits of the Nashville Union
, in which was conspicuously displayed “Startling News!
Four States Seceded from the Old Government!
, and Kentucky
This was followed by an editorial bewailing the loss of these States.
Of course the whole affair was a forgery, but the illiterate soldiery of the South
, a large proportion of whom cannot read at all, could not detect it. While Buckner
was in Kentucky
, bogus copies of the Louisville Journal
were freely circulated by the rebels, filled with all kinds of matter adapted to inflame and encourage the rebels, and discourage the loyal.