July 2, 1861
on the Wing
Our Travelling Correspondent]
June 28, 1861
Messrs. Editors: The corn crop of this
section and line of country through which the Mobile and Ohio Railroad runs, is safe. On Monday and Tuesday fine rains fell, and I
believe from indications and from what I learn of planters and others, that the
thirsty earth has received, far and near, a thorough wetting. I hear of plantation bridges being swept away
and fields two feet under water in some places.
Our people may, “rejoice and give thanks,” for they have reason; this
visitation having vastly strengthened their arms and given them “back bone” for
the contest in which we are engaged.
of troops for the war and their transit to the various rendezvous continues;
there appears no limit to the number. On
Wednesday some one hundred and fifty passed over the Mobile and Ohio Railroad bound for Corinth. Some of these took the train at Meridian, being from
Jasper county, and the remainder at Macon. Companies and detachments are almost daily
being transported towards Corinth
or Union Point to join their respective regiments, and be taught the necessity
of drill, strict discipline and prompt obedience to proper authority.
the proverbial independence and dislike of restraint of our Southern people,
they make the most admirable soldiers.
They are familiar with the use of arms, and the habit of using them with
effect makes them most formidable as marksmen; they are brave, enthusiastic,
determined, combining the fire and impetuosity of the French with the
steadiness of purpose so characteristic of the English soldier. But these necessary elements do not alone
constitute the soldier who is liable to be the party attacked as well as the
party attacking; who is expected to retreat as well as advance, and to do so
with undiminished confidence in himself, and as steadily as on parade. In a word, the soldier is not made in a day or
in months. Discipline and thorough knowledge
of the profession are necessities, and to attain these, raw recruits must go
through a routine most trying to such material as compose our armies. The gallant sons of the South have a natural
bent for war, a natural love of its glories, are blessed with sound perceptions
and a full knowledge of the necessity therefore, submit cheerfully to this
weary routine, and so are more quickly moulded into
effective troops than any other people known to the world. This fact will be clearly demonstrated ere the
weak vessel now occupying the White House sees many more moons.
While on the
subject of troops I would call the attention of Mobilians
to the fact that a fine body of men, under excellent officers, is now in their
midst, unable to move to the seat of war because no arms can be got for
them. Their services will be accepted as
soon as they are armed. I suggested to
the 1st Lieutenant, J. M. Brickell, Esq., the
adoption of double barrel guns, and Eley or other
buckshot cartridges. This weapon, loaded
with such a charge, is most deadly at 100 to 150 yards. Cannot your citizens so arrange it that the
needful arms may be procured? Every man
almost has one or more guns, and there is a good supply in the various shops of
the city which might be obtained at a low price if a large number were
contracted for. Bayonets could easily be
made for the guns and I think no troops would be more effectively armed for
deadly fight than these, especially as out armies do not anticipate fighting at
long taw, a la Mexican.
referred to above is the Jackson Avengers.
The Captain, I understand, was bred to the profession of arms, being a
graduate of West Point Military Academy, and is from all accounts a worthy
pupil of that (formerly at least) excellent school.
Lieut. Brickell is well known to Mobile and requires no mention at any
hands. The corps numbers 85 men, who are
or have been (the majority of them) employess of Mobile and Ohio Railroad
Company. They should have aid at the
hands of the patriotic citizens who have so bountifully cared for other
companies, and I hope you will say a word or two in favor of the suggestion and
keep the matter before the public.