From the 119th Regiment.

[Special correspondence of the Whig and Republican.]

Humboldt, Tenn., Feb. 20, 1863.

Mr. Editor: After a lapse of some weeks, I will try to advise you of the whereabouts of what is left of the 119th. I believe my last communication left the regiment scattered from the Obion river to Toons Station.

About the middle of January, Co. A was driven, by the force of circumstances in the form of high water, to evacuate their camp on the Forked Deer, and to take refuge in Humboldt. Some two weeks since, Lieut. Col. Taylor managed to get the remaining companies of the regiment all to this place, and for a week past we have been luxuriating in the idea that we are once more under the control of our own officers. And to those who have been for months in succession dragged round and kept on half rations, and much of the time forced to forage for even that, it is truly a luxury.

Time has dragged heavily on our hands for some time past, but under the energetic supervision of our Lieut. Col. in command, we feel assured if the weather will permit, that we will have enough to do to keep us from getting rusty.

We have had almost incessant rain for some weeks past, and the damp and unwholesome atmosphere begins to tell severely on the health of our boys. Last night, however, it cleared off nicely, and to-day is as lovely a day as you ever saw in the month of May in Illinois. May it continue so.

There have been very few local items of interest for some time past. One night last week, however, six men deserted from our regiment. Poor fellows! Several of them benefited their companies by deserting, if they did not better their own condition. Many of our boys are so unfortunate as to have friends (God save the mark!) at home, who are so strongly tinctured with the doctrine of the Copperhead K. G. C's. that they are continually writing letters to our camp, full of southern sympathy and arguments in favor of desertion and absolute treason.

One day last week, our two regiments, the 119th and 126th, were called together, and a series of resolutions were drafted and adopted unanimously giving our northern Copperheads the soldiers' opinion of those who would stab us in the back while we are in the field to fight the battles of our country. As it was resolved to request the publication of the resolutions in the St. Louis and Chicago papers, and also in the papers of each county represented in the regiment, I have not attempted to give the substance of the resolution.

It seems that our copperhead friends in our Legislature are playing thunder generally in regard to us poor devils in the army. If, as is universally stated by the copperheads, the army is by a large majority composed of Democrats, why in the name of politics don't they give them a chance to vote. We learn by the papers that they are threatening to resist the arrest of deserters or the enforcement of a draft. They had better be very careful that they do not totally cast off the restraints of law and attempt an armed resistence. — There are a vast number of guns down here and the men who wield them have sworn to use them against all traitors, and if nothing but a fight will do our domestic traitors they can probably be accommodated with more than they wish. May God in His goodness bring to naught all their hellish efforts to defeat the armies of the Union.

Our boys feel and justly feel, that they have not been treated by the Government as they should have been. Our regiment has now been enlisted over six months and have not received one cent of pay, not even an advance pay. We hear of a scoundrel gambling off over half a million of our money and can hear of no adequate punishment being inflicted on him. In fact it is not uncommon to hear the boys express themselves that they do not believe he will ever receive half as severe a punishment as a poor devil of a soldier would have got for stealing a dollar from one of his officers. Still the sentiment uniformly expressed is this — the thing must be fought thro' to the bitter end, as well against traitors at home as more honorable ones abroad — and if our Government is sometimes tardy in doing us justice, we know who to blame for using all their efforts to block the wheels of the machine, and they may make up their minds for a full and final settlement when we who they have tried to disfranchise get back to old Illinois.