Letter From Camp Douglas.
Chicago, Nov. 28, 1861.
DEAR COL.: Notwithstanding Col. Brackett's regiment has made all the necessary preparations for winter quarters, built barracks, stables, etc., we will in all probability leave this section of country in a few weeks, and migrate to a more congenial climate. — Such is the rumor, and I hope it is true. Our destination is not known definitely, of course. Aside from the many advantages we enjoy here, there are a great many disadvantages presented while remaining so convenient to Chicago. Besides, our drilling ground is not suitable, as it is one vast mire or slough, and it is too cold to expose the men to the piercing lake winds in order to drill. The soldier is uneasy, must do something; he will not remain in his barracks, but will find some way to run guard, and go to the city or elsewhere. Thus demoralizing influence will spread, and the only remedy is to keep the men employed in the regular drill, bad as the weather may be. Winter has set in, effectually, and Jack Frost has commenced to trespass on the soldier's nose and ears, without any let up. If it should be our fate to remain here this winter, great suffering will ensue from the extreme cold.
By the by, I noticed an article in your paper of the 21st inst., that the ladies of Rock Island are working for the good cause, having organized a Soldiers' Aid Society, for the purpose of furnishing garments, &c., for the sick soldiers in hospital. Nothing could be more praiseworthy. Thanks that the ladies are with us, and ready to make evident their true loyalty and patriotism. I have noticed that a mother's or sister's visit in the hospital is like an angel's visit, to the sick. I have occasion to visit our hospital frequently, and many articles are wanted here, such as the benevolent ladies would readily suggest. — Ladies of Rock Island, remember Company A, of the 9th Illinois Cavalry, whose members will feel ever grateful, and by fighting bravely when the time comes, cause you to feel proud of your Rock Island troopers. — Many of the companies in this regiment have received articles from the ladies of their native towns that are very acceptable.
Captains Gregg's and Hawley's companies are in comfortable quarters, and apparently feel at home with their many brother soldiers.
Hoping you will be successful in obtaining the armory in Rock Island, and that you will send an occasional Argus,
I remain yours respectfully,