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Letter From Lieut. Jobe.

CAMP CHETLAIN, PADUCAH, Ky.,
November 25th, 1861.

DEAR COL.: — I preceive you have made an evening paper of the Argus, as well as changed the heading. It looks well, and I think it will suit your patrons as well, if not better, than a morning paper. I don't suppose it makes much difference whether it suits our editorial brethren over the creek or not.

Last Friday afternoon was a day long to be remembered by the officers and soldiers of the 12th Illinois regiment, as the day on which they had presented to them, by the citizens of Chicago, a splendid stand of colors. About 12 o'clock the detatchment of our regiment stationed at Smithland, companies E, F, G and I, came down from that place on the steamer Lake Erie. No. 2, and landed at our camp, for the purpose of taking part in the festivities of the occasion. Although the weather was disagreeable and the ground muddy, — it having rained all the previous night, and until noon Friday, the boys turned out en masse and greeted their comrades with cheers and shouts which made the welkin ring. About 1 o'clock the whole regiment was drawn out on the color line, and after forming a columns of companies, marched over the parade ground a few times, and were then drawn up in close column of division in front of the stand from which the colors were to be presented, all anxious to get a glimpse of them, which, as yet, had not been made visible. The command was given, "parade rest," the "color guard" was drawn up in front of the stand to receive the gift, the colors were unfurled, and Mr. Hervey, a lawyer of Chicago, mounted the stand for the purpose of delivering the presentation address, but as the boys gazed upon these magnificent emblems of American liberty and independence as they swayed to and fro proudly and majestically in the breeze, they could contain themselves no longer, but burst out with three times three hearty cheers for the old "stars and stripes," in the peculiar style of the 12th, viz:

"One, two, three — hurrah!

One, two, three — hurrah!!

One, two, three — hurrah!!!"

Mr. Hervey's address was brief, but eloquent and to the point, which was responded to by Col. McArthur. Messrs. Church and Lombard, of Chicago, were then called upon and sang the "Star Spangled Banner." Speeches were also made by several other Chicago gentlemen whose names I did not learn. Gen. Payne being present was called upon, and made a brief speech, in which he complimented the twelfth very highly for its good discipline and soldierly conduct ever since it has been an organization.

The stand of colors consisted of three as fine looking banners as I ever looked upon — one of the flags, however, a small one, being an "extra feature," and bore the Scotch thistle with the following inscription in a wreath above it:

"Dinna ye hear the slogan!

"'Tis McArthur and his men!"

The two large banners bore the inscription, respectively:

"12th Regiment, Illinois Volunteers."

One being the original stars and stripes, fringed with gold lace, whilst the other was a plain dark blue, with a glittering eagle in the centre, and also fringed with gold lace.

After the speeches, and the cheering which was load and long, all present, officers, soldiers and guests, repaired to the tables set within the camp, and partook heartily of an excellent repast prepared for the occasion. It was a scene of enjoyment to all, and more especially the boys of the 12th, as it was the first time our regiment had all been together for some time. The Smithland boys had but a short time to stay, having to leave for home at 3 o'clock in the afternoon.

But all did not end here — there was a grand ball in honor of the presentation, given by the officers of the 12th in the evening, at Theatre Hall, at which Gen. Payne and staff were present, besides a great many officers from other regiments and corps. It was a very fine affair considering that it was in the very midst of "seceshia," and union ladies were rather scarce. But notwithstanding these difficulties there was quite a number of ladies present, and everything passed off to the entire satisfaction of all who participated.

Everything, as usual, is perfectly quiet, — nothing at present indicating a forward movement. We do not know whether we shall make this our winter quarters or not.

Captain Lackey received a letter from Mrs. Carter, secretary of the "Soldiers Aid Society," at Rock Island, a few days ago, inquiring into the condition of our company, its wants &c. We are very fortunate at present, not having any sick or wounded; and, indeed we have been fortunate ever since we have been in the service. We do not need anything at present. I presume the members of the society know better than we do ourselves what we may need hereafter, in case of sickness or wounds, and I think the best way to forward any package which they may see proper to send, would be by express, addressed to our company and regiment. We thank that estimable lady, and the members of her society, from the very bottom of our hearts for the interest they take in the poor soldier on the tented field. Their kindness will never be forgotten.

I am very sorry that we have to part with Sergeant John W. Gregg, who has been appointed to a lieutenancy in the "Fighting Irish" company. But whilst we are sorry to part with him, we cannot by any means object to his promotion, and can truly say that he is well adapted to the position. He has always been a good and faithful soldier, and has many friends in our company who will feel his loss deeply. I shall lose a true friend and pleasant associate. Success to him, wherever he goes.

Yours truly,
WM. F. JOBE.