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Letter From Lieut. Jobe.

CAMP CHETLAIN, PADUCAH, Ky,
NOVEMBER, 3d, 1861.

DEAR COL.: — We are still in Paducah, and it is the general belief that we will remain here during the winter; at least it is the opinion of Gen. Payne that our brigade will go into winter quarters at this place. It will be about as pleasant a place as we can find to spend the winter.

Nothing is transpiring of interest, as the expected fight we were to engage in on the 15th of last month, has not come yet.

The Pontoon bridge is again completed, and the telegraph wire is in working order once more. The bridge will be of great benefit in transporting reinforcements across the river from Illinois, when we are attacked, as I understand there are four or five thousand troops encamped down the river a short distance, on the Illinois side.

Our brigade was mustered for payment on last Thursday morning, and in the afternoon we were paraded in review. The brigade, consisting of about four thousand men, presented a grand appearance when formed upon the parade ground. After being reviewed by Gen. Payne, we were marched through the principal streets of Paducah, and with colors flying, drums beating, and bands playing, presented an appearance pleasing in the sight of all the union-loving citizens, but had, no doubt, a contrary effect upon secessionists.

A detachment of the 9th Illinois regiment, under command of Maj. Phillips, made an excursion up the Ohio river a few days ago, for the purpose of routing a "secesh" camp, situated back from the river in the rear of Eddyville about four miles. The camp contained about two hundred men, and were attacked by our force, about three hundred, just as they were about to take breakfast. I believe this is the only instance, since the commencement of the war, in which we have had advantage of the enemy in point of number. The captain of the gang and five or six of his men were killed. One of our men was wounded. They didn't show much fight, and after a slight skirmish we captured about 40 prisoners and about the same number of arms and horses. They were as hard a looking set of men as could be scared up anywhere, and they were poorly armed, having old shot guns and every thing else in the shape of firearms that they could get hold of. They were, I believe, after taking the oath, liberated, which is generally the way we dispose of our prisoners.

The weather is pretty cold in this region at present, but the troops are well provided for in the way of blankets, over-coats, &c.

Some of our Rock Island friends have a familiar way of addressing their letters, and to give you some idea of how some of them are addressed, I will give you a specimen of one addressed to Sergeant Gregg. Thus: "If you plase, give this to John Grig, in the D Co. of the 12th Regiment, of Illinois boys, down in Paducah, Kentucky." It created a great deal of amusement, and the young gentleman who addressed it does'nt live far about the regiment at Camp Black Hawk, — I believe he is suttler of that regiment. He had better be careful, letters thus addressed may not always reach their destination.

Every thing is perfectly quiet, at present; we have not been called out on the color-line or had an alarm for some time.

Uncle Sam's pay-master is expected to cause a pleasant smile to flit across our countenance in a few days. He is always an exceedingly welcome visitor, as we cannot live on patriotism down here any better than if we were further north.

I wish I could write something interesting, but things are moving slowly, and it is almost impossible to do so.

Yours respectfully,
WM. F. JOBE.