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The Daily Dispatch: December 3, 1862., [Electronic resource], From the army of Western Virginia — light Punishment for Desertion — the wants of the soldiers, &c. (search)
ved some where. Requisitions for all necessary clothing for this brigade were handed to our Division Quartermaster, McMahon, in September, while the army was in the Kanawha Valley. Whether the fault rests with him or with somebody at Richmond I shall not pretend to decide. I merely state facts. A due consideration of all the circumstances, however, should have prompted the clothing of the army of Southwestern Virginia long ago. This army use marched no less than 600 miles since the 6th of September. In this time it has been exposed to many hardships and privations; besides it should have been borne in mind that winter sets in at least one month earlier here than in Eastern Virginia--Only feed and clothe these men as they deserve to be and they will fight well; but let a soldier's treatment be such as to get up the idea in his mind that his Government is indifferent as to his welfare, or ungrateful for past services, and his spirit is destroyed and his services are rendered grudgin