[Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.]
The news from Manassas
has sent a thrill of joy and gratitude through all hearts here.
As it was announced in our camp and another, peal after peal of loud huzzas went up, until the welkin rang with the universal shout — In the Georgia
camp the scene was lively and animating.
The soldiers repaired in a body to the quarters of Col. Colquitt
, and in response to their calls he and Maj. Tracy
, Lieut. Colonel Newton
, and others, responded in eloquent and patriotic sentiments — There was one thought to mar the general joy of the occasion — that was, the thought of the dead.
Yet there is not a soldier here who would not have shared the perils and risked the fate of that great battle.
All here are impatient for action and deplore the chances which brought them here, while their friends and companions in arms are in the midst of such stirring scenes elsewhere.
I have not seen in the service finer troops than those stationed here.
They are commanded by men of ability and character, who would fill with honor higher positions.
, the commander of the post, recently promoted to Brigadier-General
, in addition to his military reputation, has gained some reputation as a writer for works on serious and religious subjects.
have held high and important positions in their several States, the two former having been Representatives in Congress, and the latter Governor of Althama.
When I have a better acquaintance with them.
I will give you an outline of their appearance, and more obvious traits of character.
There are others, too, to be brought to light.
All is quiet here — the peninsula rests under a dead calm.
There is no lack of vigilance, but a sense of security and a profound reliance in the ability of our soldiers to meet every emergency.