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Letter from Lieut. Jobe.

June 15th, 1861.

DEAR COLONEL: Having stopped once more in a beautiful place, situated almost two miles south east of Corinth, where we are likely to stay for some time, and having abundance of leisure time, I seat myself this beautiful Sabbath afternoon for the purpose of writing to you, although I don't expect to write anything instructing. That Corinth is evacuated is an old song, and when that is said pretty much everything of interest is this locality is revealed. Folks in the north have a better opportunity of obtaining the news than we have. We never know anything except what transpires in our respective army corps until it gets to Chicago or St. Louis, and comes back to us printed in the columns of the newspapers of those cities.

We are very likely to stay in the neighborhood of Corinth during the summer, for the purpose of garrisoning this portion of the state of Mississippi, as we have the rebels pretty well "cleaned out" in the west, and from present appearances, as they cannot be found any where, I am inclined to believe that they have retreated to the swamps and lowlands of Florida, where they will have for their companions snakes and alligators, which they consider far more acceptable than the companionship of the everlastin' "yankee."

Our division has been about thirty miles south of this, near Booneville, Miss., and finding nothing in the shape of any enemy, they returned to their place on account of its healthy location, and abundance of good water. I would further state that we are stationed on the line of the Ohio & Mobile railroad. We have one locomotive here, and one engineer runs through to Jackson, Miss., and four miles beyond. He reports Gen. Butler's troops in Jackson.

Our company, although small, is in a flourishing and healthy condition.

I promised to write immediately after the taking of Corinth, and as we took it in quite a different manner from what I anticipated, and being kept moving ever since the evacuation, I have not had an opportunity to do so until the present. Corinth is a mean-looking place, and would be scarcely be called a town if we had it in the north.

Dr. Cady has been promoted, and he is now our regimental surgeon. He was examined by the medical board, and passed A No. 1.

After my regards to all the boys in the office, I subscribe myself

Yours Respectfully,