Re-enlistment in the army.
--The correspondent of the New Orleans Deltas
writes as follows, upon this all important subject:
We hear frequent complaints from the army on the Potomac
that furloughs are now denied all soldiers, unless on condition of their re-enlistment, and are thus used as a system of compulsion over the men. The project of retaining in service for a certain term the bulk of the army already in the field, discharging a certain proportion of each company, and exempting them from compulsory military duty for a limited time, and with a proper regard to the necessities of the men and their families, and applying the compulsory system to citizens remaining at home, requiring terms of service from them equal to the aggregate time of the volunteers, is recommended as a plan combining the advantages of efficiency, uniformity, and an equal distribution of burdens.
It is said that such a plan would satisfy the volunteers in the field; it would avoid the charges of injustice, inequality, &c.; would inflict no peculiar hardship on any class, and would have the advantage of keeping always a certain number of tried troops in the field, assuring the uninterrupted and efficient organization of the army, and giving it additional strength.