ause they would give it to the North.
They have only 12,000 men at Columbus, and they have a force of about 110,000 to contend against.
In a few days there will be a call for 20,000 troops in this State, the time of 60-day troops having nearly expired.
J. M. Steele was at Jackson, Tenn., the other day, and was ordered to Columbus — he had but eight men, the balance all being sick.
He sent the eight men and staid home with the sick. J. C. Steele.
Another letter, dated at Lauderdale, Ala., Jan. 31, pathetically describes the ill-luck of Uncle Jack:
"Uncle Jack was drafted and he hired a man bi the name of jones to go in his place he give him a $100 and the man tuck the money and went and joined another Company and last Saturday while he was gone to hunt the man they come and got long jim and tuck him to wait on them I don't know whether uncle jack will have to go or not, the company is done gone but uncle jack has got a furl he does want to hire a substitute, but t