Apprehended insubordination among the Federal troops.
--A dispatch from Philadelphia
, May 23, to the New York Herald, says:
Recent exposures, made by the independent portion of the press of this city, regarding the evident peculations in the army supplies of this State, by contractors and those in power, have led to an investigation by the United States
Two blankets were taken before them to-day, on a flimsy article, weighing one pound six ounces, the same as has generally been supplied to the Pennsylvania
troops at the cost $3.60. The other was a Massachusetts troop blanket, thick, warm and closely woven, weighing seven pounds. So shameful has been the treatment of many of the three months volunteers that most of them will certainly return home as soon as their terms expire, unless the State
authorities show a better disposition to protect them from speculators, and fears are entertained of their demoralization.
This state of affairs is most deplorable.
A Lancaster, Pa.
, dispatch to the same paper, of the same date, says:
The Fourteenth and Fifteenth Regiments of the Pennsylvania
troops, encamped near here, are almost in a state of insubordination, consequent upon the shocking condition of the commissary department.
The authorities have demanded a reform.
Much of the pork is rancid or putrescent, and the supply of of bread insufficient.
For supper last night, a company of seventy-four men had only fourteen pounds of bread, and the pork furnished them being unfit to eat, was thrown away.