OR, Ser. I, Vol. XLVI/2, p. 299.
JANUARY 30, 1865.
Maj. Gen. J. G. PARKE,
Commanding Army of the Potomac:
Deserters this morning report that it was rumored Mahone's division
had left for Wilmington on Wednesday. The sick from the Chimborazo, Camp
Jackson, and Camp Winder hospitals had been removed and the hospitals
were being whitewashed. Quartermaster's stores, such as clothing, boots,
and shoes, had also been moved on the Danville road. There is much
disaffection among the troops of Terry's brigade, and it is said that
the officers in Pickett's division are holding meetings and passing
resolutions whether they shall go back into the Union, adopting the
terms of the United States Government or continue to fight. The
deserters say that these meetings are presided over by the colonels of
regiments, resolutions are offered, and the men invited to give their
votes, which is done for effect. The men are afraid to get up and
declare their honest intentions, and the consequence is that it is taken
for granted and declared by the officers that they are in favor of
fighting it out. These resolutions are paraded in the papers for effect
and to create a good state of feeling. Such a meeting was held the other
day by Terry's brigade in a large house near their lines.
PAUL A. OLIVER
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