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The 128th Regiment Disbanded.

— Adjt. Gen. Thomas issued an order on the 3d inst., disbanding the 128th Illinois regiment, as an organization, and consolidating the few remaining men — stated at about 160 — into a detachment under Lieutenants Lumm and Cooper, for transfer into some other Illinois regiment, to be designated by Gen. Grant. The order sets forth that the 128th regiment, "having in the short period of five months been reduced from 360 to 160 men, and there having been an utter want of discipline in it, the following officers are dismissed from the service of the United States, to take effect on the 4th inst., viz.: Col. Robert M. Hundley, Lieut. Col. James D. Pulley, Adjt. George W. Aiken, Chaplain Benson, Captains W. J. Mayers, Wm. G. Durham, Jefferson J. Allen, John Brown, Joel H. Swindell, R. M. Allen, Wm. Hoffetottle, Aaron A. Bell, Wm. A. Fry, Joshua Pemberton, and Lieutenants James V. Moore, John A. Ensminger, C. W. Williams, Jesse A. McIntosh, Wm. L. Stilley, Samuel Upchurch, Martin V. Deal, Josiah M. Dorris, Jasper W. Crain, Addison Reese, Martin W. Robertson, U. E. Morris, Joseph B. Fuller, W. W. Hall and Samuel Pemberton." The 128th was raised in Williamson county, and was one of the finest bodies of men ever mustered into the service from this State. It had the misfortune to be a Democratic regiment however, and as a consequence received from the free-nigger authorities, during its stay at Camp Butler and afterwards, every neglect and indignity in their power to bestow. Penned up at Camp Butler and exposed to the severest weather of the winter almost without fire, less than half clothed, and furnished with the most miserable apology for provisions, disease gained alarming headway among them, threatening almost the total annihilation of the regiment. Over two hundred of its men died in less than three months — a mortality unprecedented in the history of the western army, and well calculated to arouse the most serious fears of its members. To the men in its ranks there seemed but one hope of avoiding probable death and certainly lingering disease — and that lay in escape from their exposures. No other regiment ever in camp at Springfield suffered one-fourth the mortality of the 128th, and none were composed of more healthy and vigorous men.

Has the 128th received the proper treatment at the hands of the authorities, it would have been one of the most effective organizations in the West. But a prompt obedience to orders, and a faithful discharge of duty, are no longer regarded as evidences of "loyal" soldiers. A continued bellowing for the freedom of niggers, and an unceasing abuse of Democrats, are the only paths to official favor.