NP, AMC 8/1/1862

From the American Citizen (Canton, Miss.)
 
August 1, 1862
 
Camp Meridian
40th Reg. Miss. Vols.
July 28th, 1862
 
Friend Bosworth
 
   Having been detained here since Friday morning last, with little prospect of getting "on to Richmond" (whither I had started) for a day or two yet, I conclude to "drop you a line."
   Of all the places I have ever been compelled to remain at, this is certainly the most disagreeable.  I mean the city of Meridian.  My quarters are much more pleasant, however, than other unfortunate travelers have had during our sojourn.
   On my arrival here I ascertained that a large portion of the army at Tupelo was being transported over the Mobile & Ohio Railroad, and that Gen. Bragg had put an embargo upon all travel.  No "citizen" could be allowed to pass over the road until his troops had passed down.  It was hard to submit to this order when one was expecting to be in Richmond by the time this blockade should be raised.  But my country's cause demands the sacrifice, and I make it with as good grace as possible.
   The hotel accommodations here are a disgrace to the name.  The meanest fare possible at the highest price seems to be the order.  There have been perhaps from three to five hundred persons detained here since Tuesday last.  Many of these have sought and found repose upon the soft side of a plank, subsisting upon rations wisely provided before leaving home, and but for which their "bread-baskets" would have suffered from emptiness.  Many poor men who had not taken this precaution, and being short of funds, have suffered great inconvenience.  I have seen men, women and children lying around the depots for days and nights together, waiting transportation.  Quite a number of soldiers belonging to the army in Va. are here en route for Richmond, but Gen. Bragg's army takes precedence, and even these are not allowed to go.  Then there are sick and wounded soldiers old men trying to get through to minister to their wounded sons at Richmond , not one of whom can get along.  Some of the latter have despaired and turned back; others have resolved to wait their turn. I would have turned back myself, but concluded it was better to hold on. Surely it won't be long till we can get through.
   I said my quarters were better than some others.  On my arrival here I learned that the 40th Miss. Reg. was in camp on the hill overlooking the town, and ascertained that My friends Col. Colbert and Lt. Col. Campbell of Leake and Attala were in command, and also that my Anglo-Spanish friend  G. D. Bustamente was in charge of the commissariat.  It occurred to me at once that it would be a good thing for me to "go into camp."  It was not long before I met Capt.  B., aforesaid, whose proverbial generosity was manifest, as ever, and I received a cordial invitation to join his "mess." *****
Yours,
Cosmopolite

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