Floyd and Buckner — the Unionists in Bowling Green--plenty of everything — Congressional election — Reviews, &c.
[special correspondence of the Dispatch.]
Russellville, Ky., Jan. 27, 1862.
, situated in ‘"a low, green valley,"’ twenty-eight miles from Bowling Green
, and two hundred and thirty miles from Memphis
, by railway, is a town containing three thousand inhabitants, and noted as the place where the Provisional Government
was put on its legs.
For the present, it is the headquarters of Generals Lloyd
There is a large army here, the tents being pitched for miles along the railroad, which touches the western part of the town.
As in other localities where troops have been massed, there is a perfect squeeze here, all the available space in the hotels and private houses being fully appropriated.
But notwithstanding the absence of comfort, one feels more at home in Russellville
than in Bowling Green
In the latter, the people are cool in their treatment of Southern soldiers, or at best, only tolerably polite and attentive.
The truth is, that before Gen. Johnston
's army went to Bowling Green
the bulk of the inhabitants sympathized with the Union
cause of Lincoln
A powerful reaction has taken place within the last two months, and those who still cling to the ‘"flesh pots of Egypt
"’ are as mute as particular mice.
The ladies, God bless them, are outspoken for the South
Here, our friends are not few or far between.
They speak out and act out manfully.
Hence there is a feeling among the soldiers that they are in the midst of the best and the bravest of Kentuckians.
There are plenty of the very finest artillery here that are in the service — plenty of the best horses — plenty of soldiers to whip twice their number of ‘"Yanks
"’ --plenty to eat and wear.
The mules that pull the transportation wagons are, beyond all doubt, unequalled by any in the Southern
I give you the result of the election for members of Congress, as far is now known.
Capt. Robert J. Breckinridge
, son of the Presbyterian
minister who thinks that women and children ought to be butchered if necessary to crush the rebellion, is elected in the Ashland District
He is a gallant gentleman, and will take a high stand in Congress.
The two Bruces are elected in the seventh and ninth districts.
is elected in the first and Crockett
in the second.
In the third, it is doubtful between Hawes
In the fourth, Ewing
is elected by a large majority, and Burnett
gets the return in the fifth, by an overwhelming vote.
The delegation is regarded as an able one, and it will faithfully reflect the will of the State
rights people of ‘"Old Kentucky."’
Yesterday was spent by General Floyd
in reviewing troops.
The display was imposing, and the General
in command was well pleased with the thorough training and preparation for marching of the various brigades.
The Second Kentucky was the observed of all observers.
Composed chiefly of the old Kentucky State Guard, and commanded by Col. Hanson
, a most capital officer and brave man, the regiment evinced a proficiency in drill and a soldierly bearing which would reflect credit upon the veteran regiments of France
was evidently greatly gratified by their appearance as they passed in review.
will make a figure with his regiment wherever he engages the enemy.
When we will leave this place, is unknown to me. I get no Dispatch,
and hear nothing from Virginia
except through the Nashville
The election of Mr. Hunter
to the Senate gives great satisfaction, as does also that of Mr. Preston
Since the death of Mr. Tyler
, the impression is universal that Hon. Thos. S. Bocock
will be elected Speaker of the House
without serious opposition.--His elevation to a post for which he is so excellently well qualified will be a suitable recognition of the consistent record of Mr. Bocock
, and an appropriate tribute to Virginia
, whose sacrifices for this war are already matters of history.