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Hall's Hill, Va., ) Jan. 23(1), lfS2. $ Dkau Brothbr : - We are still at Hall'a Tlil!. Tbc woa'hei as ubual is changeable. We got ilong Thursday without any stormt On Thursday niglit it frose so thal o hnd n Brijrade drill Prtday, the first one we havo had Uih motith, and it was a very good exereisio. Th ís weather, of eourse, could not last long, ml Friclny evening it commenced to rnin, but soon turnud into enow, and iaturday tnorning the ground was ccvered. Ptiring the day the aun cnmo out, nnd tlio driy was warm. It froze vnry hard Saturday night. Sunday morniiig tho t-iiD ngain mudo its appoaranoe, and had it not been for the wind, vrhich blowed a perfect gale the most of the day, it would have been, a fine, warm, and beantiful day. Monday it clouded up again. Shonld tho weather como off fine and continuo so for a few weeks, and tho roads get good, yon may look out fot a movo that wül teil, and wfcioh will bring this war to a close, one way or the other. The changing ot tho Sccretary oí War has infused now life into the army. Tho remark that he is said to have made, that the soldiers have been idlo long onough, and that now they must earn their living, is heartily responded to by them. It is not their fault that they have not moved long ago. If they had had their wav a movement would have been made in December, tho disgrace of Bull's Kun wiped out, Manassaa taken, and Kiel, mond occupied long before this. I do not believe that the robels have an arrfiy, with all of their fortification to protect thom, to .save themaelves írom a defeat by the army of the Potomac. Their dnwnfall is fast approaching, the end of tho rebelüon is near, and in less than three months I think the country will once more be qmet and the soldiers will return to thtiir homes. There is some talk in canr.p that Col. Stockïon is to be appointed to a Brigadier-Generalship. I do not think that the War Department could make a better appointment. lie iá a good officer. He has worked hard, in connection with the other field officers, to make this regiment a tip-top one, and he has succoeded in his undertaking. He has now got the men well driüud, well clothed, and we!l armeel, and I do not believo there is antther regiment from Michigan so well providod with everything that a soldier neods, eithcr for fiohting or for comfort, as this ment. Lient. Col. Rceiilk is liked and respected by both officers and men, and should he bo called iipon to fill the Colonel's place, will do it to the eatistactinn of all concerred. Miij. Wblcii has beuníick for some timo, but is once more around, looking after the welfare of the men. On Sunday ho mado a descent upon a trading establishment a short distance from here, where he had reason to think liquor was being sold to tho soldiors ngaint orders. On searching the " nstitiition," he found in boot boxes, and covered with boots, some 3xty botlles of " contraband,'' which ho took possession of, thereby cutting of the supply of an article which was beuoming a nuisance to tho camp. The traders are now in tho guard houso, awaiting ordars from headqnarters. Horo is an instance of what we see in overy day lifo, oí meo nit wilüng to let well enough aloue. They wero doing well and making money in solling clothing, boots, and other articles to tho soldier.; but that wou'd not do, they must make money faster by selling a prohibited article, they weru found out, and lost nll by the operation. It had become a nuisanco to tho wtrole brigade, and tho Major deserves much praiso for forcting it out and suppressing it. Capt. DkPuy, of the Fourth, passod through hero last evenir.g He said that he had beon sick for the last fow days, but looked very well. He had been down to Fort Corcoran. He said tho Ann Arbor boys were all well. If thoro aro any young men in or around Ann Arbor who desiro to enlist and try their hand at soldiering, I would say to them that they ounnot do better than lo como into thia regiment. Thoy will bo under good officers. Thore id a chance for four or fivo in this Cmnpany. J. P. jjjf The Norfolk Day Booc scouts nt the idea of permittingcoiuniissioners to enter thu rebel lines to visit and minister to noeds oi the Union prisoners, nnd says tho proposition " entiiles Mr. Stanton to the reputation of being the most irnpudent tnan aniong all King Lincolo's provorbially impudent subject." J55rr It is now said that tho Lancoi-8 aro not to bo disbanded; but aro to bo put in the fiold at an early date. Washington telegrama aay that Sir P. Windhan, of tho Italian army, has been appointed Colonel, pnd will take command of the regiment at an caily day. There are now nearly nine hundred men iu tho eamp. {IP Alargo number of the veSRels sold to the government for tho 13urnsido expedition drew more water thun was represonted, which caused a groat portion of the troublo and loss experienced in crossing the at Uatteras. Tho sellers ought to bo sent to Fort WarieD ES" Col. Scott, Afisistant Sccrctary of War, has been visiting Detroit tho present week, supposed to look aftcr tho Lancers, perhapg to look after the fortifioations at Fort Wayne and other military mat tors. L5LT" One woulJ t'uink that with a daüy expenditure of from one to two million dollars, tbe govornraent would bend its enérgica to pushiug tho war and couquering a peacc, and leave all other maiters to moro propitioua times. But if Washington advices aro to bo at all credited, great schciues aro on foot for plundering the treasury, aud saddling the nation vrith a debt never to be lifted. - The prospect ahcad would gratify ono of the strictest of the ancieöt raco of Federalista who taught that "a naticmal debt I is a national blcssing." Whcn tho nation was at peace, and the vaults of the national treasury overflowed with coin, there wcre insurinountflblcr constitutional objections againit the government erabarking in nchemes of infernal impi'ovement ; but now that war is upon us and the treasury vaults aro dens of cniptiness; now that the consti kution has given way before the cries that ncce8sity knows no law, and that unconstitutioual means may bc resorted to, to compel rebels to return to their allegiance, speculators. and Congrcssmen, and high officials, uuless rumor belies tbom, are reveling in visions of governmental railroads, Oftoalfl, etc. The governmont proposes to build a railroad from Washington to Now York, for war purjioses; to build a railroad from ]ay de Noquet, at the northern extremity of Green Buy, to Mar quette on Lake Superior, for war purposes to build a ship canal from Chicago to tho Mississippi river, for war purposes; and the newspaper reporters and treasurv suckers alone kuow what other railroada ana cañáis, jor war purposes. Ana tüese sclieme aro allegcd as nceessary, not to aid in putting down the rebellion now j being waged against thc govornmont, but I as mensures of defenso in caso of a war ' with Great Britaio, at some future timo. : Wo believe n providing for euch a ] tingcney, one mare íhan lihehj to happen, i but we do not believe prcparations sary. Tho surest way to avoid war with foreign powers is to crush out the rebellion at the earliest possible hour, and will trcasury rats please keep at a distance until that is done; and we can then Uke care of England without Bquaudering funds on works of internal improvement.


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