Herald of Freedom and Torch Light, Sept 1862 (1-7C War news: Other war news)
From the New Orleans Delta.
Bragg's Army -
Jackson, Miss., August 2.—
The army of General Bragg, which numbers about 20,000 men, is now at Chattanooga, at which point there are at least 85,000 men, under Price and Bragg. The object of the gathering there is two-fold—to surprise, surround and capture Buell, and "piroot" on to Tennessee and Kentucky. These men are in a most wretched condition. They are destitute of clothing—they are not half-fed—there is not a pound of tea to be had for gold, and coffee is $2,50 per pound. The troops subsist chiefly on corn bread and molasses.
Half the men would desert to-day, if they thought they could get away in safety; but Bragg keeps a closer watch on them than he does on the enemy. He is a coarse and vulgar tyrant, and I should not be surprised to hear any time of his having been shot by his own men. He drinks to excess, as do all these officers. He quarrels with those around him. Beauregard, who is the most popular man in the army, has resigned in consequence of a quarrel with Bragg.
There are several Federal prisoners in this place. They are confined in an iron cage, like wild beasts. They do not get half enough to eat, and are treated with all sorts of indignity. A member of the Fifty-third Ohio Regiment, who was some time ago taken out of the cage and put into the hospital as a nurse, yesterday told the doctor in charge that he preferred to go back to prison to being a hospital hand. They urged him to remain in the hospital, "No," said he, "I’ll be d___d, if I'll attend these people."
The Rebels have no medical stores. Indeed, they are destitute of almost everything which it is useful for an army to have.
The Conscript law is the most unpopular measure yet passed. Planters who have been drafted have offered as high as $1,200 for substitutes. One man offered ten negroes to a discharged ninety-days’ man.
What I say of Bragg's and Price's army is equally true of the forces in Virginia and throughout the Southern Confederacy.
I have seen some numbers of the Delta. It is doing good. It encourages the people. Keep on steadily, and punch the Secessionists vigorously. If the planters could have protection I think they would take sides against Secession. They are very tired of it. Their negroes are half naked and half starved and the inhuman scoundrels who cause the war here will not allow them to sell sugar and cotton, so as to be able to buy food
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Sept 10-24, 1862
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