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d thus: "No. 1308--has leave of absence to go to the country," etc. This plan is adopted to hide their infamy, to secrete their names, and prevent their arrests as soldiers of the United States. These worthies denied being soldiers but when Capt. Floyd informed them that they would be sent south and put in Bragg's infantry as conscripts, they sheepishly admitted their connection with the "melish" of Memphis, but said they were forced into such a position.--They went to Memphis to keep McCoy's men from conscribing them, and went into the melish as a matter of preference over our army. My opinion is, all such chaps should be hung by the privates when first captured, and not let the officers he accountable for it. Well, to go back. We remained in camp till Saturday morning, when we took the Hollyford road and started north again. About noon we reached Mr.--'s, seven miles south of Memphis, where two Yankees were getting their dinner without intending to pay for it. We sec
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