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"TO CARE FOR HIM WHO HAS BORNE THE BATTLE, AND FOR HIS WIDOW AND ORPHANS."
BMYE LITTLE RED GAR
The Young Orderly of Monster Wirz at
HE BEGINS HIS STORY.
A Drmnmer Boy in the Army
HIS JiTRST APPEARANCE.
The Little Picket's Lonely Watch
on the Petersburg Road.
The editor of The National Tribune
has asked me, before I begin niy story, to
tell you -who I am.
I am the " little drummer hoy " of Company
I, Tenth West Virginia infantry I am
"Little Red Cap," the young orderly of
monster "Wirz at Andcrsonville. At least I
teas the "little drummer hoy" and "Little
Red Cap" in the days when the drum heat
to battle in the land and orderlies were fly
ing hither and thither with messages for
our brave commanders.
It is more than twenty years ago, yet I am
still a young man, and the recollections of
that' memorable epoch are as fresh to-day as
on the morning when I was mustered out of
My name is Ranson T. Powell and it is one
unknown to fame, but there are thousands,
I doubt not, of brave men still living in this
now happy country, who, though they never
knew my name, and may not recognize in
jny photograph an old acquaintance, will yet
remember " Little Red Cap."
UTTLE RED CAP.
I was born at Eckhart Mines, Alleghany
co., Maryland, on the 27th day of February,
1849, so that I was but twelve years of age
when the war broke out I was in love, as
most boys w ere at that time, with the uniform
of the soldier. I longed to be one myself, but
knew, of course, that at my tender age such
a hope could not be entertained for a moment.-
So I fell back upon the newspapers
and read them with eager interest, following
up with all tho earnestness of a man the
movements of our armies during the cam
paign of 1SG1. I tossed up my cap when
victory rewarded the valor of our soldiers and
tears filled my eyes when I read oi their
A MEMORABLE MAY DAY.
There is one May day in my life that I
shall never forget. It is the 14th of May,
16G2 the date of my enlistment in the Union
army. It came about in this way: Captain
James A. Jarboe, of Piedmont, West Virginia,
had organized a company of volunteers, but
was in want of a drummer boy, and he said
as much to a friend of my father's, who told
him that he thought I would suit. Actr
ing upon this suggestion the Captain wrote
my father a letter, and you may be sure that
as soon as I learned its contents I entreated
him to let mc go. At first he pooh-poohed
the idea; indeed, he threatened to whip me,
and he would have carried out his threat,
too, but that he feared, I think, if he with
held his consent, that I would run away
and enlist without hio knowledge, in which
event ho might have lost all trace of me.
Finally, when all efforts to shake my deter
mination had failed, he yielded.
It was then six o'clock at night, and at ten
o'clock the next morning so eager was I to
enter upon my military career I was eigh
teen miles from home and a soldier in the
When I arrived at Piedmont, where I was
to report, I found that the Captain had
gone off with a scouting party, so I reported
to tho orderly-sergeant, ana Dy mm was
sworn in and provided with a uniform, which
had, of course, to be altered by a tailor to
make it fit I must have presented a com
ical sight, but I did not realize it, and cer
tainly no man of mature years ever entered
the service with more soldierly feelings than
My company (I, Tenth West Virginia in
fantry) was quartered in the old markefc-
house, and "boarded around" at houses in
the neighborhood in squads of ten.
MY FIKST APPEARANCE.
On the morning after my enlistment the
sergeant ordered mo up at roll-call. This
was an eventful moment for mc, and I felt
that the " eyes of the Nation " were upon me.
I was given an ordinary kettle-drum, but
only one stick, which I used, however, for
all it was worth. A prouder lad there was
not in tho whole country, I venture to
say, than the writer as he stood at the head
of the column and watched tho orderly
sergeant "call the roll." When he came to
my name you may bo sure I answered
At first I was a little mortified at having
only one stick with which to execute the
various " calls " upon my drum, but I soon
became a pretty expert performer.
Company I had been recruited as an
independent squad for the counties of Hamp
shire and Hardy, "West Virginia, which were
infested at that time with " bushwhackers,"
who, although the did not venture to come
to close quarters, were constantly prowling
about destroying property and watching
their opportunity to shoot down Union men
in that vicinity.
The majority of my comrades had been,
born and raised in these counties and knew
personally, many of tho desperadoes who
were carrying on this irregular warfare.
We were stationed at Piedmont but a few
weeks only, but wo soon tired of playing tho
" kid-glove soldier," and longed for the ac
tivity of the field, so that the announcement
that we had been ordered to New Creek
(now known as Keyser), West Virginia, then
a station on the Baltimore and Ohio Rail
road, five miles distant, was very welcome
When we arrived there we found several
thousand soldiers in camp, under the com
mand of General B. F. Kelly, and wo went
into camp with them.
My soldier-life had now begun in earnest.
I heard tho band play the "reveille" next
morning, and saw thousands, instead of one
little company of sixty-five, which was
about our number when we left Piedmont,
answering at roll-call.
A SOLDIER SURE ENOUGII.
"I am now a soldier, sure enough," I
thought to myself.
We remained encamped at New Creek for
several weeks longer, during which time
nothing occurred to vary the usual mono
tony of camp life, save that on one occasion I
KA2JS03I T. rOAYELL.
saw the officer of the post who was going
around at night to see that the sentinels
were doing their duty on being challenged
by one of the guards, violently seize his
musket,and, wrenching it from him, bayonet
him in the leg, disabling him foe life.
This incident created intense indignation in
the camp, and many of the soldiers were for
lynching the brute. I never saw him again,
and I do not remember his namel He was
a major, but not a member of any West Vir
At last we received orders to march across
country to Beverly, West Virginia. The
journey was a long one over one hundred
miles and for a great portion of the dis
tance our route lay through a region devoid
of wagon roads, so that everything had to be
transported by pack mules. It was a wild,
uninviting country, and swarmed with
Our orders were to join the Tenth West
Virginia volunteer infantry at Beverly, and
it was there that we were regularly attached
to that regiment
But for the pluck and manliness of Cap
tain Jarboe, however, we might never have
reached Beverly at all. When we camo to
the spot which marked, as we supposed, the
boundary between Hardy and Pendleton
counties, the members of tho company
stacked their arms and refused to go any
farther. They had enlisted with the under
standing that their service was to be con
fined to Hampshire and Haidy counties,
and they, naturally, felt that they were not
being fairly dealt with.
Captain Jarboe, as I have said, was a reso
lute man, however, and equal to the emerg
ency. He made an eloquent little speech to
his men, and concluded by saying that, for
his part, ho had been ordered to Beverly,
and to Beverly lie was going, with or with
out the company !
PLUCK CARRIES THE DAY.
The spirit of the address was such as be
came the soldier, and it had its effect upon
my comrades. They shouldered their mus
kets and said they would follow where he
led. For my own part, I wanted to get to
the Eeat of war as fast as I could. Soldiering
in two counties only and they several hun
dred miles from the actual theatre of war
was not to my taste. Besides, I was really
under the Captain's -care, since he had become
$ $ v m
WASHINGTON D. 0., SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 1882.
responsible to my father for my safety, so far
as his protection could insure it.
For a portion of the distance our wagon
train accompanied us, but the country soon
became so rough and impassable the roads
being mere bridle-paths, along which we were
forced to march single file that they were
ordered back to proceed via tho Baltimore
and Ohio to Clarksburg, where they could
reach tho turnpike and join us at Beverly
by way of Buchanan.
After they left us wo had a long and
weary march before avo reached our destina
tion, and it was impossible to travel more
than fifteen miles a day.
On the way we halted at Seneca Creek,
where the Captain made his headquarters at
the store of "old man Adams," as ho was
known in the neighborhood.
The Captain had been a scout during tho
first year of the war, and for laurels won in
that capacity he had received a commission,
but he was always longing to bo away on
some expedition where nervo and daring
were the essential elements of success. So,
allowing his men to rest for a few days, away
he went with a squad on another " scout."
AVE GO A-FISHING.
About half of the company remained to
guard tho camp I of course among the
number. Wo had nothing whatever to do,
and we did what most people do under such
circumstances we went " a-fishing."
Seneca Creek was in those days a famous
trout stream, and wo did our best towards
The Captain was gone about two days, and
when ho camo back we found that he had
"bagged" five "bushwhackers." Among
them wero several men of prominence in
that section of tho country. He had sur
prised them at a country dance. Their arms
were standing behind the door and in the
corners of the room, and to the husky notes
of an old-fashioned fiddle they were waltz
ing merrily with their country sweethearts.
The Captain, as I have said, was a cool
hand and a cunning one, too.
When out on scouting expeditions it was
his habit to do his marching by night and
his sleeping by day, and he was pretty sure
to fall upon the enemy unawares.
At one timo or another he succeeded in
capturing'or killing a majority of the leaders
among tho " bushwhackers " of that section.
On tho day that the Captain returned
from his scouting expedition a company of
infantry arrived at our camp from Peters
burg, a town lying on the route by which
we had advanced. They carried instruc
tions to support us in caso of attack. They
were tired out with tho day's march, and
as his own men wero also exhausted, the
Captain found some difficulty in securing a
sufficient number of available men for picket
duty that night I thought I saw an oppor
tunity, and I volunteered to go on one of the
posts. At first tho Captain laughed at the
idea, ne said I was a mere boy and en
tirely too young for such an important trust,
inasmuch as double vigilance would be nec
essary to guard the prisoners, whose capture
was by this time doubtless generally known
and might lead to an attempt at rescue.
I GO ox PICKET.
I persisted, however, and lie finally con
sented to let mo tako a carbine, and, in com
pany with a sergeant and two comrades, I took
position at thesouthern end of the camp some
distance out on the main road. This was
before dusk. When night had fallen the
Captain came down to where, we were sta
tioned and instructed us to move our post
nearer to the cam), in order to outwit the
guerrillas, who, having noted where wo
were standing picket during the afternoon,
might have crept upon us unseen at night and
shot us under cover of the darkness.
We made our post under a large bush at
the edge of the road, and the Captain left us
with special orders to keep a sharp lookout
during the night I may as well mention
hero that the Captain issued another order
which 1 thought at the timo was an unnec
essarily harsh and cruel one. He instructed
tho men who wero guarding our prisoners,
to shoot them on the spot, in case a shot was
fired during the night, either by the pickets
Afterwards, I learned his reasons for issu
ing this order. At tho time of which I am
writing Union men were being brutally
murdered at their own firesides, their wives
and daughters outraged, and their lives con
stantly placed in jeopardy. Our prisoners
belonged to a band of outlaws which had
been miilty of these crimes. They were not
soldiers in any sense of the word, and they
had no connection whatever with the con
The Captain, therefore, reasoned that, as it
had been found next to impossible to identify
the guilty parties in such cases, the proper
way to deal with them was to hold them
all responsible for the acts of any one of their
number, and in that way to malce the Fed
eral authority a terror to tho villains. Ho
told mo that he would not think for a mo
ment of treating tho confederate soldier in
such manner, and, as an illustration of his
natural kindness of heart, it may not be out
of place to mention here an incident that
occurred later on in tho war.
A CHARACTERISTIC INCIDENT.
A year or so after I entered the service tho
Cantata' received a severe wound in ihr
shoulder during a hand-to-hand skirmish
with tho enemy. Some of tho boys saAV the
man avIio fired theshot; indeed, he Avas knoAvn ,
to them as one of the West Virginia "rebs"
avIio volunteered on tho confederate side.
After tho captain's recovery and return to.
active duty, his company captured the very
man Avho had shot him, but instead of treat JI ld u tho commissary stores wo con
ing him with indignity, wo had" quite af tinucd eating, to tantalize our comrades.
, . . i . . a w nn I mill n aI mtlr
merry timo of it talking over the incident,
and the hospitality of the camp Avas extended'
to him as freely as if ho had been a member,
of our oavu command.
1 2b be continued
BY FIELD AND FLOOD.
The Hairbreadth. Escapes of a Party of
CORNEPvED BY A DOG.
A Day of Constant Suspense
TAYLOR BREAKS TOWN.
His Companions Are Forced to
Abandon Him to His Fate.
, Continued from last week.
Tho fugitives were awakened by a noiso
that bore so strong a resemblance to mus
ketry that they wero in doubt for the
moment whether to raise their heads, bub
they soon discovered that they had made
their camp near a party of wood-choppers.
Closer observation revealed tho welcome
fact that the woodmen were all colored
men. NeAvlin and Sutherland advanced
and made overtures for food. A negotiation
was speedily effected and a boy dispatched
for a liberal supply, which was paid for in
confederate money. They learned that they
wero now within forty miles of Rocky
Mount Court-Ifouse, in Franklin county.
.Bidding good-bye to their benefactors tho
party started with a good supply of pro
visions for another night's tramp through
snow and mud. Traveling by night and
hiding in tho depths of tho forest by day,
they made their way, slowly and wearily,
towards the mountains of Western Virginia.
One morning before daylight, while looking
out for a camping ground, they clambered
pVnrt way down a steep hill, where they
cumenced' making preparations for break
fefcrifcVgoinBtoWst -' v,
ftWe were going to make our bed, but
fund the space in which we stood was not
largo enough for all of ms. Wo would bo
hampered by the rocks. Smith and I had
unrolled our blankets; Sutherland, Wood,
Trippe, and Taylor had gone a little farther
down among the rocks to find more room.
About the same time we saw a smoke rising
through tho trees in the valley. We were
sore a house was there, although wo could
not see it. It was southeast of us apparently
half a mile distant
CORNERED BY A DOG.
. "Wo were about beginning the prepara
tions for our daily rest when the noise of an
axe resounded in our ears. The noise was
so unexpected and so near that wo wero
startled, and at first looked around wildly,
and in amaze. We soon recovered from the
shock of astonishment and surprise, and
peered cautiously around the rocks and
looked below us. 2sot more than a hundred
yards from us, in the woods near the base of
the precipice, we saw a singlo
wielding his axe. His
near mm ,
On account of tho dog wo lay low. If he
had gotten a glimpso of us his master
would have become aware of our presence.
We could not make our bed ; we could do
nothing but keep still. Smith and I had
near us all tho blankets, and all the
provisions belonging to our party. Our
comrades were about
us, almost under us.
thirty leet below
Smith ventured to
drop their blankets to them, after which,
we all kopt quiet We slept but little. As'
long as the axo was used avo felt no fear of
being seen by the man, but every half hour
we peered out from the rocks to see if the
dog was near him.
. About noon, or a little later, the man
ceased chopping. We thought wo should
hare a short respite while tho man went to
dinner, and would embrace that opportunity
"to eat our own. Wo looked out to see him
Jeaving. We were greatly disappointed. A
Iwomah his wife perhaps had brought his
dinner to him, and ho was eating. She was
accompanied by another dog. The two
dogs then pranced and prowled about in tho
Ijwoods, nnd wo w.tched them closely. Wo
were fearful they wonld go around, and get
fabove and behind us, but they did not
X A TEDIOUS IMPRISONMENT.
3 "VVo wero in a very restless and impatient
mood; each moment seemed an Hour ai
jnost Wo would have parted with jewels,
jf wo had possessed them, to have been
fra'way from there. When the man had hii-
fished eating, tho woman tooic her bucket
Jand went away, followed by the dogs. Wo
ilwero highly pleased to know tho dogs wero
gone, for thcy.had annoyed us greatly. The
man resumed his toil unconscious of our
presence as ne cuuppcu auuuai iuuixuuum,) ,
and could, Uiereiore, jook arounu mib nine,
i we felt a littlo safer. Smith and I opened,
r linvflrsacks and took out some meat
' "Wc cut off a few thin slices and sprinkled
hcm Avith meal. On raw meat and meal
'we made our dinner. While eating, Smith
and I exhibited ourselves to our comrades
beloAV us. They looked up wishfully, and
;;fi.irT their desire to eat. As Smith and
At length AVO put SUiuu Jutxu juiu. is tuuiitt. ui
meat in a haversack and dropped it to them.
" Tho day had been a long one to us. Our
rest had not been refreshing. Wo Avere in
l constant apprehension and auspense, Tho
loss of sleep and comfort, in consequence of
having no bed, had its effect upon our bodies.
We felt chilled aud sore, and we longed for
the approach of night. Near 4 o'clock, p.
m., tho wood-chopper ceased from toil and
went oft' with his axe on his shoulder.
Erelong the sun went down, and, as soon as
wo got everything ready, wo climbed tho
precipice and went directly to the road.
EN ROUTE AGAIN.
Early in the night we found we were about
entering the suburbs of a town. It was Rocky
Mount Court-House, Franklin county. We
approached it on a road which bore a little
west of north. We fell back a few paces
and began our circuit around the place. On
leaving the road we first climbed a fence
and went across the corner of an inclosed
tract of timber lands. Wc then climbed a
second fence and entered open fields, in
which we continued until the road north
west of the place was reached. In making
our circuit wo were guided by the lights in
the town, which were yet burning. Near
midnight wc halted. and eat some meal and
meat, upon which, with an occasional swal
low of water, we made a respectable sup
per." A few days later Trippe, while recon
noitering, was discovered by a butternut,
who at once approached and asked him
what he was doing there. "Just looking
through tho woods a little," said Trippe,
who tried to equivocate; but finding it use
less, told the truth. The butternut promised
to offer no resistance to the escape of tho
fugitives, but they had little confidence in
his word. They pushed on, and soon came
to a clearing that it was necessary to cross
or go a long way out of their course.
"There was uo time for debate, and wo
A LUCKY "WARNING. J
" Near the outskirts of the woods two little
boys and a little girl were playing. As we
passed, the largest boy cried out, 'Uncle
Jim has gone for the guards to catch yon
uns with.' We hurried forward, scarcely
taking time to thank the children for the
information. If we had to bo hunted, we
were glad to know it. A short distance
ahead of us was a house. We passed near
it, leaving it a little to our right. When we
were just opposite Che house, a woman came
to the door and exhorted us to hurry. She
said her brother-in-law was a 'mean man,'
and had gone to report us to tho homo
guards. As time was gold to us just then,
we did not halt, but heeded the exhortation
so earnestly given. As we crossed the
branch which traversed the narrow valley
wo heard the woman say her husband had
been killed in the war. She talked on, but
Ave Avere soon out of hearing.
"As avo approached the upland, on the op
posite Side of the A-alley, avo began to think
about obscuring our trail. We noticed
Avhere a hollow, or raA'ine, entered the valley
from the wooded hill-side. We got into the
hollow and folloAved on its rocky bed, Avhere
Ave made no tracks, until we got some dis
tance into the Avoods. A portion of the time
avo Avent'on the double-quick, and some
times, Avhen on level ground or going down
hill,, avo Aveut even more rapidly. It Avas
tAvo o'clock, or a little later in the day,
Avhen avo first halted to listen for 'Uncle
Jim' and his guards. We did not hear
them, nor did we Avish to; so avc pressed on.
We had so far traveled three miles or more,
mostly in a Avestem direction."
OUT OF DANGER.
They were not followed, hoAvever.
" Our flight Avas continued until sunset
Wo had intended traveling on a line parallel
Avith the road, but found it necessary to bear
soutlnvard occasionally to avoid crossing
open fields. When the sun had gone down
Ave called a halt. Tho country Avas very
rough and broken Avhere avc baited; heavy
Avoods and brushy undergroAYth Avere all
around us on all tho hill-sides. We took
refuge in a thicket, near a considerable bluff.
No sounds of pursuers could be heard ; every
thing Avas still. We rested well, aud slept a
little. Our feot Avere Avorsted by the Avetting
they had received aud our subsequent rapid
Aval king. On a few scraps of meat dipped in
meal avo made a scanty supper. We dared
not build a fire alter dark, or Ave avouUI
have made some mush and taken a fuller
After supper they pushed on and camo
suddenly upon atraiuof AA'agons, which they
avoided by climbing tho fence and pursuing
their Avay across a field to the Avoods, aud
continued their march till near daylight,
when, after an almost continuous tramp of
tAventy-fonr hours, they made their camp in
a denso Avoods aud slept until midday, when
they ate the remainder of their provisions
except a little salt and meal, bathed their
swollen feot in a running stream, aud lay
down for another nap. When they again
aAVoko they Avere covered Avith suoav to the
depth of an inch.
On resuming their march at night-fall
Taylor began falling behind. They walked
slowly, and at midnight stopped and waited
for him to como up. After some timo he
came dragging himself along the road. The
party ate the mush Avhich they had made
before starting on tho preA'ious evening, and
started on. It Avas observed that Taylor sat
still. Looking back, Smith called out,
" Come on Taylor." The parting Avith their
companion is pathetically described.
TAYLOR BREAKS DOWN.
" Smith not understanding Taylor's reply,
Avont back to him. On being asked why he
had not started, Taylor said he was unablo
to go any farther, as his broken leg had
failed him. Smith at once called to us to
come back to the place Avhero Taylor Avas.
Wo did so. It Avas painfully apparent that
he could go no farther that night We learned
for the first timo that he had been Avounded
in the leg, and had one of its bones broken.
He Avas not a Chickamauga prisoner, but
had been wounded and captured at or near
II - NO. 6 .-"WHOLE NO. 58.
Lccsburg, Virginia, in a cavalry engagment,
early in Jnly, 18G3, at the time of the battles
of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. During our
four or five Aveeks' association with him
it so happened avc had not learned of his
" Wo at once concluded that our travels for
that night Avere at an end, and began look
ing around for a place in Avhich to lie over
until the folloAving night When Taylor
heard our determination he objected, saying
he felt sure he would not bo able to travel
by tho folloAving night, and might not be
able to reneAV the journey for a Aveek. Ho
would not ' consent that avc should remain
Avith him until the next night, unless ho
kneAV he would be able to go on Avith us-by
that time. We insisted on Avaiting with,
him as long as that, as Ave should lose only
three hours time by so doing. Taylor still
objected, saying he would not detain us a
single hour, and if we failed in reaching tho
lines, it should not be laid to his charge.
We determined to remain, Avhen Taylor as-
sured us he could not travel for at least
three or four nights, and was unwilling to feel
himself responsible for the consequences that
might ensue from so long a detention of our
party. We then offered to divide our party,
to 16ave two Avith Taylor, and let the other
three go on. But he objected to this pro
posal also, saying he would not delay a sin
gle one of us, aud" probably be the cause,
immediate or remote, of the return of that
ono to prison. He would, rather take his
chances of ultimately reachinc the lines
alone, and feel clear of responsibility for any
accident or disaster that might overtake U3
than to do otherwise.
A SAD PARTING.
" We had offered fairly, as Ave thought, and
concluding Taylor kneAV, the nature and
extent of his disability much better than we
did, Ave determined to leave the case to him.
If ho said remain, we Avould cheerfully do
so; or if he said for us to go on and leavo
him behind, we would do that regretfully.
Taylor, then said for us to lose no time on
his account, but to push on to the Union
lines, and make our escape good. It re
quired but a few moments to arrange for re
suming our journey, and to advise Taylor a3
to the best course to pursne; to say to him
the parting good-by, and leave him behind.
The mush in the pillow-slip, all the provi
sions we had, except a little salt, was then
taken out and divided into six parts. Tho
largest part was given to Taylor. The other
fivo parts were put 'in onr haversacks.
Nearly or quite half of the scrip on hand
Avas given him, as he was going to tarry
aAvhilo in the confederacy, and might use it
to advantage. A portion of the salt was also
given him. The canteen which had been
used by our party so far on the trip, and
Avhich belonged to Taylor, was left Avith
him. He had a watch and a supply of scrip
to barter for food, or for tho services of a
guide to conduct him to the lines, or both.
With these, and with his canteen and haver
sack, avc left him alone in the woods,
wrapped in his overcoat and blanket It
was a sad and melancholy scene avo wit
nessed in parting from Taylor. It was pain
ful and trying to us to shako his hand, and
say to him " good-by." Our feelings Avere
similar to those occasioned by the fall of a
comrade on the battle-field. We had left
Taylor and Avere getting into the road, Avhen
avc heard him say, "Company G-, Second
Massachusetts cavalry," giving his address,
and asking us to Avrito to him if Ave reached
the lines. We each of us then gave him tho
name of tho company and regiment to Avhich.
Ave respectively belonged, so that he might
Avrito to us if he got through all right
"The substance of the advice we gave to
Taylor was to remaiu Avhere he Avas xmtil
daylight, at which timo he could move to a
better or more secure hiding-place, if able to
do so, Avhere he could command a A-iew of
the road, and see persons that might pass
upon it. The first negro, or party of negroes,
he saw passing, if no Avlutes Avere Avith them,
he Avas to hail and beckon them, and try to
secure a guide, having plenty of scrip to pal
lor this sen-ice.
A DESPERATE SITUATION.
"It Avas the night of Friday; February 2G,
18G-I, that avo left Taylor behind. Wc left
him Avithin six miles of the Blue Ridge.
Mountains, at a point between eighty and
one hundred miles southwest of Lynchburg,
Va., aud nearly three miles Avest of the piko
leading to that place. We must have left
him somewhere near the boundary lino be
tween Franklin and Bedford counties, Va.,
the nortlnvest corner oi one, or in tho
southeast corner of the other. If it Avas trying
to us to part Avith Taylor and leave him, it
must have put his resolution and self-denial
to a severe test to persist in being left alono
in his crippled and almost helpless condisiou.
On stopping ho Avas Avarm, as the road Avas
bad, and he had exerted himself to catch up
with us. By sitting down in the suoav ho
cooled suddenly, and his lame leg became
stiff and useless. His condition was critical
and unenviable, as he Avas unable to move
about Avith ease or comfort, and his supply
of food Ava3 small in quantity and poor in
quality. No house was near him. We had
not passed a house since leaving the pike.
The Aveather Avas cold, as the snow and mud
Avas freezing. He was in a bleak mountain
country alone. No friend was near him.
Wo had been his friends and comrades, and
AA'ere his friends still, but had forsaken him.
His prospect Avas cheerless. His desponding
heart had littlo on Avhich to predicate a
hope. He dreaded to meet a man of his own
color, for fear of meeting an enemy, and in
tho mountain districts the blacks were few.
Tho woods ar und him Avere dreary, al
though th6 ground was coA-ered AA'ith snow
and the moon shone brightly. The trees,
Avith their leafless branches and skeleton
shadows, could be dimly seen, but Avere poor
companions for a maimed and wearied
traveler in an enemy's land.
To be continued,