[Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.]the Stonewall Brigade--their Readiness to Merg the enemy--Gen. Jackson's popularity.
Camp Shepherdson, near Winchester, Va. December. 31, 1861.
Having a few moments of leisure, and just finished reading your interesting and valuable paper — the thought struck me, that, perhaps, your readers would be pleased to hear of the whereabouts and doings of the "Stonewall Brigade." Since our departure from Manassas
we have been engaged in no great undertaking except dam destroying and drilling — the latter essentially necessary to make efficient soldiers.
We are kept on the constant lookout for the enemy, or are warned, by favorable indications of an advancement on our part, in this way we are rendered vigilant and active prevented from falling into habits of indolence brolethargy, and made competent to sustain our dear bought reputation.
Wherever the call of our country meets us, and the voice of our brave and much beloved General is heard, we are ready to assist and follow.
I have read of the devotion of soldiers to their commanders, but history contains no parallel case of devotion and affection to that of Major-General Jackson
and the "Stonewall Brigade." We do not look upon him merely as our commander — do not regard him as a severe disciplinarian, as politician, as a man seeking popularity — but as a Christian, a brave man, possessing moral courage unequalled by any predecessor or contemporary; as a man who appreciates the condition of a common soldier; as a fatherly protector; as one who endurses all hardships in common with his followers; as one who never commands others to face danger without putting himself in the van.--Possessing all these noble qualities, who can help admiring him?
The confidence and esteem of the soldiers is always made known in exulting shouts whenever he makes his appearance.
History will record his deeds and make his name and fame memorable for ages to come.
No prospect of going into winter quarters, indeed our tents, with a small amount of industry, can be made sufficiently comfortable.
Our campaign will continue to be an active one.
Although we may be somewhat weary of camp life, our zeal is unabated, and will be on the increase until Lincolndom is made to acknowledge her imbecility, wickedness and crime.Volunteer.