for the Illinois State Journal. Chicago Tribune, July 17, 1861. This order has not been located.
Macon City, Mo.|
July 19th 1861|
For the last week I have been kept troting around so that I have neither had time to write nor a place to mail a letter from. I arrived with my Regt. at this place, the junction of the North Missouri road with the Hannibal & St. Jo, about 1 o'clock this afternoon, and will leave to-morrow for Alton unless counter orders should be received in the mean time. 1 For the last two weeks however there has been so little stability in the orders we receive that I make no calculation one day ahead where I may be. I have now been on the road between here & Quincy, and marching South of the road for nine days. When we first come there was a terrible state of fear existing among the people. They thought that evry horror known in the whole catalogue of disa[sters] following a state of war was going to be their portion at once. But they are now becoming much more reassured. They find that all troops are not the desperate characters they took them for. Some troops have behaved badly in this part of the state and given good grounds for fe[ar] but they have behaved no worse than their own people. The Secessionest commit evry outrage upon the Unionests. They seize their property, drive