Letter From Lieut. Engel.
BOLIVAR, Tenn., Oct. 28, 1862.
COL. DANFORTH — Sir: As I am at present at leisure, I take the liberty of informing you of the doings and whereabouts of company E, 43d Illinois. Since my last letter to you, we have been engaged in various marches from and back to this place. On the 16th of September we received marching orders, and accordingly left per railroad for Corinth, Miss. We rested there one day, and started for Boonsville, Miss., from which place we marched towards Iuka, there we arrived just in time to hear the parting guns of Price's army, and had to go back without seeing the enemy, to the disgust of every man in the army. Why we were not permitted to participate in this battle, and destroy, perhaps, the whole of Price's forces, when we were in striking distance, is a matter yet unexplained. Yet we had to go back without firing a gun, and the cursing and swearing of the soldier was heard all along the road, for not being permitted to have a hand in the fight and help the gallant Rosecrans who had engaged the enemy and was doing his best, but could not keep back the whole of Price's forces, as his own was not strong enough.
On the 9th of October we again received marching orders, and started for Lagrange, a distance of 21 miles, and returned the next day under a heavy rain, without accomplishing anything. Since that time we have been in cap performing the usual duties required of soldiers.
Last Saturday our cavalry brought in 80 butternuts, captured at Woodville, Tenn., with all their guns (double barreled) and horses, besides a large flag about 15 feet long, which the boys used for covering a wagon in order to protect themselves from the dust and sun.
The weather here is, in day time, pretty warm but the nights are generally cool. Last Sunday snow fell about one inch deep, which, however, melted away before evening came.
Our regiment was not engaged in the battle on the Hatchie. The boys are all well, and no sickness prevails among them. The only wish they have is that this war may soon be ended, so that they may return home again to their wives and sweethearts.
I receive the Argus every Sunday regularly.
There is great rejoicing over the recent democratic victories in the states, among the farmers around here.
Yours respectfully, CHARLES ENGEL.
The above letter is another confirmation of what we have often said: That the union men, the planters, or the farmers, as Lieut. Engel calls them, would rejoice and gain strength for the cause of the union if they could see a change of sentiment in the northern states. There is nothing the rebel leaders would so much regret as to see the northern states go democratic, for the reason that it would encourage the union men of the south, and thereby create a division which would enable us to restore the union.