Symptoms of yellow fever in the South.
correspondent of the Richmond Whig
says there are certain premonitory signs which clearly and unerringly herald the approach of the yellow fever.
One is the appearance of a certain fly, an insect that never visits that region without being followed by a severe epidemic.
It is known as the yellow fever fly, and has made an unusually early advent this year, in very large swarms.
Again, it has never failed to be the case that the poultry have been visited with an epidemic of some sort previous to the appearance of the yellow fever, and the mortality was never greater among the fowls than it has been for the last eight or ten days. Last year the South
escaped entirely this fearful scourge, but two years of exemption are not to be anticipated from anything we have heard of in the history of the past.
Under these circumstances, it would seem the dictate of prudence to remove from the Southern
coast those of our troops who have not been acclimated, and transfer them to some region where they will not be exposed to an enemy more deadly than the battle.
Should the present indications of a yellow fever season be realized, the Yankees
will be entirely unable to push their Southern incursions, or even to hold the positions they have occupied.
We shall have an ally in this pestilence more terrible than a hundred thousand armed men, an ally who does not stop to ditch and trench, and only falls back when he has no more victims to pursue.