Letter From Lieut. Jobe.
CAMP LYON, BIRD'S POINT, MO.,
Aug. 25th, 1861.
DEAR COL.: — I arrived safely in camp on last Wednesday night about twelve o'clock, and found company D. in a flourishing condition, and anxious for our arrival. When we arrived at the levee, in Cairo, we were warmly welcomed by Capt. Lackey, Lieut. Koehler, Sergeants Gregg and Schiable, Corporals Johnston, Burgh and Jones, and several others of company D., who escorted us to our quarters at Camp Lyon, Bird's Point. Although our first night in camp was not very agreeable on account of a severe rain storm, — the water being shoe-mouth deep in our tents, the new recruits did not seem to be in the least discouraged on the following morning. I must confess it was the most disagreeable night I have experienced since I have been in the service — the rain pouring down in torrents, and running through our tents in perfect streams. I was surprised to see our quarters so nicely arranged, considering the short space of time the regiment had been on this side of the river. Our dining hall, superintended by Gottlieb Sendlinger, is a model in itself, and may, (to use the name given it by our boys) with propriety, be called "Island City Dining Hall." The table, of course, is not strewn with all the luxuries of life, but it is loaded with plenty of good, substantial, wholesome food.
Dr. Cady and myself took a trip to Cairo and around Camp Lyon, on last Friday afternoon, for the purpose of forming some idea of the military condition of these two points.
Dr. Cady is getting along finely, and gives general satisfaction.
Company D. is not quite full, but I am in hopes it will be shortly. We now number between eighty and ninety men, and if you could get the names of a few good men, we could send them passes at any time, so that they could come to us, wherever the regiment may be.
We feel much indebted to the ladies and gentlemen of Rock Island for the interest they have taken in our company ever since it has existed, and we will use our utmost endevors to acquit ourselves with honor to ourselves as well as the citizens of the glorious old county whom we have the honor to represent.
Our regiment has not disbanded yet, nor is there any probability of its doing so, notwithstanding that it was likely to break up very soon. Col. McArthur still holds his position, and always will whilst the boys of the 12th Regiment entertain the same warm feelings towards him that they do now. He is a man calculated to command the respect of every true soldier and lover of his country; and although, attempts have been made by certain parties to injure his reputation, on account of his submitting to the wishes of a majority of the men under his command, when he saw the justice of their plea, — they can never have any effect upon those who know him.
Letters to our company should be addressed, Camp Lyon, Bird's Point, Missouri.
You shall soon hear from me again.
W. F. J.