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"TO CARE FOR HIM WHO HAS BORNE THE BATTLE, AND FOR HIS WIDOW AND ORPHANS."
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BMYE LITTLE RED CAR
The Young Orderly of Monster Wirz at
A LONELY WATCH.
Little Bed Cap's Eirst Taste of
THE GUEERILLAS' LAIR.
Perilous March Over the
Mountains to Beverly.
Continued from lasl week.'
But to return to our lonely post in the bush.
Darkness had set in and as soon as the Captain
left us we made our arrangements for passing
The sergeant and one of my comrades
"turned in" while another comrade and my
self agreed to take tho first watch until twelve
o'clock, when we were to bo relieved. I shall
never forget that night. Tho silence was al
most audible. We could hear nothing save tho
occasional hooting of an owl, tho gentle mur
mur of Seneca Creek, or the heavy breathing
of our sleeping comrades. So far as wc knew,
there was only ono Louso within a radius of
several miles. The mountains towered above
s on all sides, and tho road was skirted with
thick underbrush. I bore in mind the Cap
tain's caution to keep a sharp lookout, and
crouching upon my knees, carbine in hand,
Gtrained every nerve to detect the first sign of
an approaching footstep.
THE "WATCH RY TIIE ROAD.
Everything was shadowy, indistinct, and un
real. Wc scarcely moved hand or foot, lest wo
should make some noise that would give notice
to tho enemy of our whereabouts. Wo whis
pered to cacb other when wo conversed at all
in tones so low that what each was saying to
the other was scarcely audible. Then would
follow long periods during whicb neither of us
exchanged a word. It was a novel situation
for me. and it had just cnougb of the spice of
danger in it to malco me realize the responsi
bility of my trust.
Remember, I was but a mere boy only thir
teen years of age. As I peered into tho unfath
omable darkness, I thought of the happy home
I had loft, of my dear father, of my school
mates and play-fellows, of my sunday-school
teacher, and, indeed, all tho friends of my boy
hood. I was almost in a reverie, when sud
denly my comrade nudged mc anil whispered,
I put my hand to my car, and sure enough
Jieard rapid footfalls down the road. The next
few moments seemed to me an eternity, but
presently tho patter of horses' hoofs could
plainly bo distinguished, and wo knew that a
body of cavalry must be gallopiug down upon
us. My comrade told me to crawl under tho
bush and rouse the sergeant and his companion.
It was not without difficulty that I did so.
Worn out by the duties of the day, they were
sleeping that profound and dreamless slcel
which only the soldier knows.
WHO GOES THERE?
I pulled the sergeant by the beard, and ho
awoke with a start. As soon as ho realized
what was the matter, lie got up and ordered
us to take position close to the edge of tho
The strangers, whoever they were, were then
but a short distance "off, and riding hard. As
they came up the sergeant shouted " Halt ! "
The horses camo dashing up, and wc jumped
into the road and faced them.
Tho sergeant in command of tho squad of
cavalry for such it was drew his horse back
on his haunches, and with a vigorous gesture
called out, "For God's sake don't fire!" Wo
are your own men, and have a dispatch for
you." And such, indeed, proved to be the fact.
The sergeant explained that he brought !i
message for the company that had rc-enforced
us that day to report at once at Petersburg, as
the command to which they belonged had
been suddenly threatened by an advance of tho
enomy, and were about to fall back from
Petersburg. By the time these orders had
been communicated to us, however, the wholo
camp had been roused, and, tho Captain appear
ing on the scene with a squad of men, the de
tachment was escorted to headquarters.
The next day the Captain decided to resumo
the march, but he was at a loss how to manage
the prisoners. A detachment from our com
pany had been scut back with our wagons
when the roads became impassable and our
force was thereby considerably weakened, so
that wo could not spare a strong guard to con
duct the prisoners back to our lines. The Cap
tain, however, finally hit upon a plan to meet
the difficulty. Ho procured a stout rope and
tied the prisoners together in such a manner
that, while they could walk with case, they
could not run away. Ho then directed tho
lieutenant to take a small squad of men, and
endeavor to make his way with tho captive
guerrillas through the mountains to Beverly.
This was no easy task. At least five lofty
mountain ranges had to be crossed and
tho route lay through a country which
afforded every opportunity that could be desired
by the bushwhackers to lie in ambush for the
party. The lieutenant carried eut his instruc
tions, however, and succeeded at last in reach
ing Beverly, where ho reported to the com
manding officer, and by his orders took tho
prisoners on to Wheeling, West Virginia.
Our company was by this time reduced to
barely thirty men, and as the captain was in
no great hurry to reach his destination, wo
started out on another scout. This time wo
traveled by day. At nightfall we came in
eight of an open field, and our attention was
attracted by tho spectacle of a woman running
at full speed along a path which led across
it. She was already some distance oil', and
the Captain said at oneo that sho was hurry
ing away to apprise the bushwhackers of .our
approach. He shouted to her to stop, but sho
only increased her speed. Sho did not oven
pause when one of the boys fired a shot over
The Captain's surmise was correct. "When
we reached the next houso wo found the bush
whackers already gone. The- Captain was
furious and threatened to burn the- dwelling,
but finally relented.
a weary M.vitcn.
The next morning, after an early breakfast,
wo resumed our tramp. About the middle of
the afternoon wo came upon another houso and
halted for a brief rest. Marches of this descrip
tion arc fatiguing in tho extreme. We wero
compelled to proceed single- file, tho Captain in
front, revolver in hand, keeping a sharp
lookout for bushwhackers and watching for
of tho enemy's presence, alter
tho manner of an old backwoodsman. It was
summer and the bushes had grown almost
entirely across the trail, which to mc, at least,
was a sourco of great annoyance. Many a
time has my head ached merely from tho
strain produced by watching lest the branches
which my comrade in front of mo had just
pushed asido should strike mo in the face.
I was a mere youngster, unused to hardship,
aud although I was constantly in a stato of ex
citement, I suffered greatly from fatigue. How
ever, I was able to keep up with the command,
and followed closely on tho Captain's heels.
When, as would sometimes happen, I chanced to
stop upon a dry stick, and heard it snap under
my foot, the Captain would turn partly around
and give mc a piercing look, pointing at the
same time with tho index finger of his hand,
as much as to say: "Ho you want to betray
us to tho enemy?"
When wo had rested sufficiently wo resumed
our weary journey, descending the steep side
of tho mountain into a pleasant valley. There
wo camo to a house, where tho Captain mado
numerous inquiries, which, as he immediately
ordcred us to beat a retreat, wero evidently
not answered to his satisfaction.
The retreat proved morcpcrilousand fatigu
ing than the advance. So precipitous was tho
side of tho mountain that we found it neces
sary to retain a tight grasp upon tho saplings
which studded its face, aud but for this support
wo should never have been ablo to make the
descent. However, wo wero uudor tho Cap
tain's orders, and thcro was nothing for it but
to obey. It was amid these novel surroundings
that we made our camp that night. Tho men
collected pieces of fallen timber, and placing
them against tho young saplings, managed in
that way to securo a support for their feet, so
that in their sleep they would not slido into
tho valley below.
As The night fell and darkness closed around
us, we could seo the shadowy forms of guerrillas
amusing themselves in the twilight by rough
athletic games in front of a farm-houso in a
little valley below us. It was doubtless tho
information which tho Captain had acquired
concerning their presence in the vicinity which
induced him to malco such a hasty retreat;
nevertheless, ho did not seem to be at all
alarmed by their proximity, and put out no
pickets that night, remarking that if tho bush
whackers wanted to find us they could como and
look for us.
Bain fell heavily tho wholo night long, and,
although I slept between two blankets with the
Captain and another comrade, I w.-is thoroughly
drenched through when I awoke in the morn
ing. Wo breakfasted on a few crackers tnkou
from our haversacks, :is we did not daro to
build a fire, and then descended ouco more to
AN UNEXPECTED CArTURE.
We had about reached a point midway be
tween tho hills, on tho banks of a beautiful
creek, when some ono noticed a horse, saddled
and bridled, but without a rider. It did not
take us long to effect its capture. A little fur
ther on wo camo to an embankment and a cut,
through which tho road curved so abruptly
that we could see but a little distance ahead.
We were debating in what direction wo should
proceed when wo fcaw a man riding towards us
through the cut, mounted on a spirited horso
and carrying a revolver in his belt and a
squirrel rifle slung over his shoulder. Ho was
entirely unconscious of our presence until ho
came within range, when some of tho boys lov
eled their guns at liim. Wo expected that ho
would cither fire upon us or wheel about and
seek for safety in flight, but, instead, he quietly
said: " Don't shoot, boys, I am your prisoner."
He gave up his arms, indeed, without any
show of resistance whatever, and a guard hav
ing been placed over him he was permitted to
sit down under tho shade of a neighboring
tree. Scarcely had he done so, however, when
the Captain detected a noise in tho bushes near
by, where some of our prisoner's comrades were
lurking. The Captain at once started out to
unmask the enemy, but had gone a fow feet
only when he sent back ono of the men with
instructions to shoot the prisoner on tho spot
if a shot was fired by anybody.
I distinctly remember tho unpleasant im
Tiression nroduced upon mo by this order. Tho
prisoner was entirely unconscious of his peril
and continued to chat pleasantly with tho
guard, who at tho first discharge of a
musket might become his executioner. My
sense of humanity revolted at tho idea; but
tho Captain w:is made of sterner stuff, and, as
1 have said before, hesitated at nothing when
it was a question of dealing with guerrillas.
As a matter ol lact, our prisoner was one
Captain Carlcn, who was tho leader of
the most notorious gang of bushwackcrs in
the vicinity. They wero easily distinguished
by their red josies and homespun clothes, and
tho squad which tho Captain commanded was
the samo which wo had noticed sky-larking in
the valley on the previous evening. Doubtless
he had been visiting somo friend or other tho
night before, aud was on his way to join his
company when capture!. According to the
old adage, "It is the early bird that catches
ihe worm," but in this case it was tho " early
bird" that was caught.
But to return to our story. The Captain
failed to find any trace of the guerrillas in tho
bushes, and for that time, at least, tho prisoner
Orders were now given to ascend the moun
tain again, and the fact that wc now had two
horses to take care or; mado the task ono of
great difficulty. Tho distance was about a
mile aud a half, but it was not accomplished
until after dinner-time. On the summit of tho
hill stood a house, beyond which was a small
WASHINGTON, D. 0., THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 1882.
meadow, and still further on a few rough and
Wo halted in tho woods near by for our din
ner. Our rations were getting short, and wo
wero beginning to be Tather tired of hard
tack. Wo longed for a good square moal.
Near the house we saw a few hives of honey,
and, with tho Captain's permission, we made a
raid upon them.
AN AMUSING FIGURE.
When wc resumed tho march, tho Captain
permitted mo to mount one of tho horses, and
I must have presented an amusing figure. I
had left my drum behind mo in the wagons,
and, as a substitute, had been given an old
fashioned horse-pistol, with a breech screwed
on it. Tho ball used in it was as largo as that
of an ordinary musket, and, when discharged
by a litllo boy, the pistol was apt to do as much
execution in tho rear as in tho front! It was
given to mo by one of the lieutenants, and with
it strapped upon my back I flattered myself
that I presented a very fierco appearance.
The Captain rodo ahead, as usual, with his
revolver in hand, aud we followed iu single
file. Wc had gone but a short distance, when,
without warning, wo were fired upon by tho
enemy concealed in a thicket. The ball rat
tled among tho trees, and I heard tho Captain
cry out "Shoot the prisoner!"
Frightened by the noise, tho horso upon
which I was riding began to prance at a lively
rale, aud iu my trepidation I let go of the
bridle and was quickly tossed off upon tho
ground. Instinctively I jumped behind a treo,
as tho only place of refugo at hand, and I no
ticed that nearly all my comrades had taken
tho same precaution.
As I looked about me, I saw a sergeant walk
up to tho prisoner, who was lying on tho
ground, and, drawing a revolver, stick it
into his face.
"For God's sake don't shoot mc," ho im
plored. " I won't try to escape."
" It's tho Captain's orders," replied the ser
geant, and ho fired point blank at him.
The muzzle of his revolver must have been
within an inch or two of tho prisoner's face,
yet ho missed him. Instantly tho prisoner
sprang to his feet and fled with lightning
speed in my direction. I had my own pistol
in my hand, aud, when ho was within a fow
feet of me, discharged it, but without attempt
ing to take aim at him. As ho ran on, I sup
pose I must havo missed him. At that mo
ment tho Captain came up greatly enraged, and
began firing at tho prisoner with a largo Colt's
revolver. Wo heard afterwards that ono of
his shots pierced tho fugitive's arm and that
in his headlong flight he jumped over a cliff
and was dashed to pieces on tho rocks below,
v, ,, nf ti,ic lmwnvor. I cannot vouch.'
T lrnnw n..l v that wo never saw him again.
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After this littlo adventuro wo
notes, and to our great relief found
...i.:i a r c w ,., mnrkH of bullets nHho tno wrecucu mariner, no prayeu ior uuip
our clothing, no ono had been wounded
ttWHU DUUIU V " .. .x ... --
mnded. The ,
guerrillas had fired upon us from the hill "
above, and their bullets had passed harmlessly
over our heads.
As wo wore talking tho matter over somo
ono observed a squad of soldiers approaching in
our direction. They were dressed in home
spun and red josies, precisely liko the guerril
las. Tho Captain, however, who knew that a
company, under command of Captain Snyder,
had been raised in this part of tho country and.
armed by tho Federal Government to protect
the property of Union men, took tho party to
be rc-cnforcemenls sent forward to meet us,
and shouted : " Captain Snyder, is that you ? "
what's in a xame?
At tho mention of tho name, they raised
their heads quickly, and, hearing it repeated,
suddenly wheeled around and ran liko deer.
We sent a volley after them, but without effect,;
although I was sure that I had seen at least ono
man fall, and pointed out to tho boys tho spot.
When we got thoro wc saw the place where ho
had rolled in tho grass, but nothing more; ho
had managed to get away despito his wound.
On looking back, however, wo noticed a man
dodging from treo to treo, and apparently
watching our movements. Tho boys sent a
few rambling shots after him, aud ho took to
Tho Captain did not like the look of things.
He reasoned that, while we had escaped very
well so far, tho woods appeared to bo full of
bushwhackers, and the danger of our position
was still further increased by tho fact that wo
wero a long way from supplies and re-enforee-monts.
Wo determined, therefore, to make
our way back to Beverly by tho most direct
We had gone about a mile in that direction
and had halted to quench our thirst at a wayside,
spring, when to our great astonishment wo
found that ono of our men was missing. Ho
was an old fellow by the name of John Lillcr,
and nobody had noticed when or whore ho had
disappeared. Ho was a simple, rather half
witted man, and wo feared that something
r.n.rinm mttrniftli i n' in t.Iio distance, walking
very slowly. When lie had caught up with us
the Captain asked, "Why, John! what in tho
devil do you mean? It is a great wonder
those bushwhackers did not gobble you up and
"Voll,Cap'n," he replied, "they pretty nigk
dono it." Aud ho showed us where the brass catch
of his cartridge-box had been shot away, and a
hole put through his blouse, yet beyond that i
he was unable to give any explanation of his
disappcanyice, and simply reiterated that ho
could not keep up with us.
Wc managed to put twelve miles between
us and the enemy that evening, and camped
for the night at a lonely hut, which could,
scarcely be seen until you wero almost upon it.
Near by was a drove of sheep, and that even
ing, for onco, wc had fresh meat and plenty
of it, for supper. Tho next morning wo re
sumed our journey, and, in tho course of a fow
days, having experienced no further ad
ventures of consequence, anived at Beverly,
where we found a forco -of several thousand
men encamped under command of Col. T. M.
Harris, of tho Tenth West Virginia volunteers,
to which regiment wo wero henceforward
To be continued.
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BY FIELD AND FLOOD.
he Hair-Breadth Escapes of a Party
of Union Prisoners.
A SAD FAREWELL.
The StDl-Hiuit for Rations in
-tiie Enemy's Country.
A FRIEND IN NEED.
The Underground Railway in
Full and Successful Operation.
Continued from lasl ivccl:.
" It was a touching but a necessary or una
voidable incident of our journey to leavo Tay
lor behind in the winter and in tho wilderness,
a lonely and solitary sentinel in the silent
watches of the night. But wc could do no
better, as our supply of provisions was nearly
exhausted, aud we could not recruit it, or seek
assistance for him, without jeopardizing his
safety as well as our own. So wo left him to
whatever fate might befall him iu tho merciful
.dispensation of Providence.
"I have never heard from or of Taylor to this
late, December, IFfiO. Whether he got able to
travel, and succeeded in making his escape
from tho confederacy, or whether he was re
'uiptured and returned to prison, is not known
to mo. He may have perished from starvation
whero wc left him, on account of inability to
get away from there."
' Having parted with Taylor under these dis
tressing circumstances, tho travelers pursued
their way. Darkness closed around tho crippled
toldier, who had for eightweary nights dragged
.his broken limb through tangled forests, along
fugged mountain paths, through icy streams,
ii;ud now, completely exhausted, saw his com
panions disappear in the dim obscurity of the
- tinter's night. Inexpressibly gloomy must
nit 1-1 r
- Won tno anticipations 01 tno lonciy siu-
' ';rer asjiismiad, busy w.ith thoughts of h
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rvoni tno oniy power who w
ould aid him in his
-xtremity; how ho made his bed by the log on
which his companions left hnn seated, and cn
fliiwd tho keen nhvsical suffering from his
fwonnd, together with tho mental prostration
incident to his position, will never be known.
ITo left no record of his fight for life.
; Tho fugitives, five in number, now began to
feel tho pangs of hunger, and having passed
?tho highest point in tho gap of tho Blue Eidgo,
through which their routo led, thoy deter
mined to undertako a little foraging on their
"Being reminded of the fact that wo wero
tout of rations, wo resolved to try our luck at
jthe first houso that camo in our way. We were
imfc lonir in reaching ono: probably not more
Than half an hour. Wo had crossed tho
mountain without difficulty, and wo had
not met with guerrillas, uuc wo leic very
hungry, and being withal much emboldened,
we wero not over-cautious in our movements.
Fach of our party of five entered tho yard
through tho gate in front, and on reaching tho
house an old two-story frame house, un-
i.iintcu wo ranpeu vioiouuy at mu mnu
door. Thero was no answer from within. Wo
called aud rapped repeatedly, but with the
same results. Wo then passed around tho
"houso to its south side, whero wo found
another door. Sutherland knockt d loudly on
it but no response camo. Ho then put his
mouth to tho string-holo and asked, 'Is any
body at home?' ,
"A man insido answered, in a tono of voice
indicating fright, 'I guess there's somebody
" ' Why don't you get up then,' asked Suth
erland. 'Nobody 's going to hurt you.'
" ' What do you want?' inquired tho man.
'" Wc want something to cat,' and want you
to get up and set about getting it forth
with,' said Sutherland. Ho refused to oven
got out of bed, whereupon Sutherland de
manded, ' Shall we break your door down?' and
Wood added, "aud como in and burst your
"Tho man said, 'That rests with you;' and
'Who aro you, and where aro you
"'Wo aro soldiers going to Eocky
Court-llouse,' Sutherland answered.
"'Go on over tho mountain, and you will bo
fed in tho morning,' returned the man.
, "Preferring to risk our chances at the next
houso to doing any very rash or violent acts,
wo left this one, telling the man ho showed a
I Vcry poor quality of patriotism.
"'It it was any outer time u it was day
light I might do something for you.'
'"Wo don't havo to stand picket in tho
night-time; wo don't havo to march, skirmish,
and frequently fight in tho night-time, I sup
pose?' ictortcd Sutherland, iu a vcry unamia-
"'And skedaddlo in tho night-timo from
such rusty butternuts as you arc,' added Smith,
in a tono just loud enough not to bo heard by
tho man, as wo wero withdrawing fiom tho
"Wc passed out of the yard through tho gato
to the road as quickly as we could, intending
to hurry on our way. As Sutherland closed
: m L'ato ho threatened the man with, 'Wo
shall report you when wo got to Eocky Mount;
"It was agreed that Wood aud I should try
our hands at the next houso. It was after
midnight, and should wo not reach tho next
houso soon wo decided not to disturb its in-
ates,aswemust have tune to got outoi mien
after so doing bctoro hiding ior tno uay.
"In a fow minutes wo halted in fiont of a
houso on tho south of tho road at a distance of
sixty or seventy yards from it. Wood and I
entered tho yard und approached a door in tho
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one-story part of tho house, supposing the dar
kies slept there. On knocking slightly at the
door, and Jicaring no answer, we jerked tho
latch-string onco or twice. A voice insido
which was undoubtedly that of an elderly
whito person remonstrated strongly against
being disturbed at so late an hour. Wood, see
ing tho smoke-house a few steps to his left,
went to examine it, and proceeded from thenco
to the yard south of the house.
"At tho samo time I stepped upon the porch
in front of tho two-story part of the houso,
and walked on it until I discovered a pair of
steps or stairs. On going up the steps I found
the porch had a second story also. Just at the
top of tho steps was a doorway to the second
story of thomain building. I found the door fast
ened, when I called out, asking if any one was
inside. A voice, plainly that of a negro, an
swered thcro was. I told him to get up and
como out doors, as thcro wero some folks at
the road who would like very much to see him.
The negro declined, saying, 'You can't como
dat game on dis chile; Ise not corain' out dar.'
" ' Get out of bed and como to the string
hole,' s-iid I, 'I want to speak to you.' Ho did
so, when I said, 'Put your car to the string
hole.' He complied, and in a loud, distinct
whisper I pronounced tho word 'Yankees.' As
soon as tho negro could draw on his clothing,
tho bar of tho door came down, and he and I
descended the steps into the yard.
" ' Come out to tho road, old fellow,' said I,
' there's some moro Yankees out there.'
'"Lord, massa! golly! dat so?' ejaculated
the astonished negro.
" We then went to the road, accompanied by
tho negro. On rejoining Trippe, Smith, and
Sutherland, at the -point whero we had left
them, tho last named, on seeing tho negro,
remarked, 'You don't expect us to cat that
fellow, do you ? '
" Wo lost no timo in telling tho negro what
was wanting; that we wero hungry aud had
no provisions. Tho negro said the cellar aud
smoke-house wero locked, and the old master
had tho keys. Wo asked him how soon he
could get something for us to cat. He replied,
' In the mornin', 'fore massa and mistress gits
" ' now about tho keys ; don't the whites get
up and unlock?'
" ' No, sah ; wo gits do keys, onfastens, and
gits breakfast 'fore do white folks gits out o'
bed,' replied the negro.
"On ascertaining beyond doubt that pro
visions would be furnished us in the morning,
wo had the negro conduct us to a safe hiding
place for tho day, which was near at baud. Ho
took us to a secure, retreat in the midst of a
large grove of heavy oak timbersituatcd about
a milo from the house, on the north of the
road. In all directions from our hiding-place
for tho day Sunday, February 28th were
m&tSsmU'3Wl ww-p. juJ
covered three or four nuuurca- acres or Janu.
Our camp for tho day was close to a rivulet,
aud was immediately surrounded by tall dead
grass ; and a littlo further from us were num
erous small trees and bushes. Tho negro told
us ho would fetch us breakfast by ten o'clock,
and then hurried home.
" It was an hour or more before day when
we made our usual preparations for sleep. Soon
after lying down we were lost in slumber. Near
nine o'clock, a.m., wo awoko from our slumbers
and got up and washed our faces at the rivulet.
Our toilet completed, wo had not long to wait
for tho appearance of our negro friend, with a
small basket of eatables, a pitcher of milk, and
a mug of molasses. Wo fared sumptuously on
wheat cakes, fried bacon, potatoes, molasses,
and milk. When wo had finished our meal the
negro took the molasses and milk pitchers in
his basket and went homoward. While eating
we learned from tho negro that wo wero in
Eoanoko county, and that tho nearest town on
tho road wo expected to travel was Big Lick, a
station on tho East Tenncsseo and Virginia
" Shortly after noon tho negro came out and
talked quito a while with us. Ho wished to
know when wc would havo another meal
brought out. Wc expressed our willingness to
receive another meal at any timo before sunset.
Wo asked tho negro how much provision he
could furnish us to carry with us. He replied
that he had not a good chance in day-time to get
at tho meat, flour, and potatoes, without being
seen by his master or mistres3, and at night he
had no chauco at all to securo anything, as tho
cellar and smoke-house were always locked at
dark by tho whites, who kept tho keys until
Their sable friend supplied them with a
quantity of corn and meat, and, stowing it
away in their haversacks, thoy made auothcr
night's march towards homo.
Ono day, after having hidden in tho fields
during a soaking rain, the party determined
to seek shelter, and discovered an old tobacco
bam, whero they built a firo, dried their
clothes, parched corn and boiled their meat.
Whilo thus engaged, Sutherland espied,
through a crack in tho logs, an old nogro man
coming towards tho barn. When ho had nearly
reached the building lie came upon the tracks
of tho party inside and halted. Ho watched
tho houso closely for a fow minutes.
"Sutherland opened tho door aud said,
'Hullo, old man! that'll nover do; come in
here, we'll not hurt you.' "
"Tho old man turned about, and after
further entreaty approached tho houso and
entered it. Ho had como out to oxamino his
tobacco. Ho was well stricken in years, being
ninety years of ago, having children, grand
children, and great grandchildren. On account
of his age he was slow of speech and compre
hension. Wo had troublo in getting him to
undoistaud who aud what wo wore, and tho
situation in which we wore placed. He did not
seem, at first, to correctly understand tho mean
ing of the term 'Yankee,' but soon came to it,
enquiring, 'Is you uus somo of them fellers
that's penned up in the 'backer-houses in Rich
mond?' Wo answered that wo wero. We found
it necessary to impress on his mind tho nec
essity of keeping secret from tho whites tho
fact of our presence in the country. Our need
of procuring provisions from timo to timo was
also explained to tho old man. Wo urged tho
old man to either bring or send us somo meat
of somo kind, if nothing else, and to havo it
at tho tobacco-houso by sunset. Ho promised
to do so, and shortly after examining aud
arranging his tobacco, ho wont slowly on his
way homo. Wo finished our breakfast, and
continued parching corn for awhile. A littlo
before noon wc laid ourselves down, and slept
until about three o'clock in tho ovoning.
" On getting up we finished parching corn,
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and then all tho provisions wo had with us
were ready for eating. When wo first got up
the sky was partially clear, aud by sunset it
was cloudless. Just after sunset the old negro
arrived with some six or eight pounds of meat,
mostly boiled beef, tho remainder being a
small piece of side meat. A couple of corn
dodgers were also furnished us, which wo set
apart for our midnight meal. Having got our
baggage, quartermaster and commissary stores
Tcady for tho trip, we expressed our obliga
tions to tho aged negro who had befriended us,
and bade him good-by."
A few days afterwards, having crossed tho
valley and gained tho foothills of tho Allc
ghanies, Smith was sent out on a reconnoiter
ing expedition and discovered a woman boiling
sugar-water. Sho saw him shying off, and.
'"What arc you afeared of?"'
" ' O nothing ; only I was afraid you would bo
scared if you saw me,' answered Smith."
"While conversing briefly with tho woman
Smith found she thought it nothing strange to
havo met a man dressed in blue. Just as ho
was on tho point of asking if there were Fed
eral soldiers near lie happened to see four or
five men approaching a log cabin, which was
situated in tho center of a cleared spaco of
ground. Two of tho men wero dressed in
blue; the others were clad in butternut. Tho
cabin was quito a quarter of a mile distant to
tho southwest. Smith observed to tho woman,
'There is a company of soldiers not far from,
'' This remark wa3 mado in such a tone and
manner as led the woman to believo that
Smith was acquainted in the vicinity. As it
was also half inquisitive, the woman answered.
that there was a company of soldiers not far
off, and asked, 'An't you ono of 'em?' "
" Having gained the information desired, and
seeing the opportunity of deceiving the woman,
Smith replied, ' Of course I am.' "
"'Well,' said the woman, 'I thongh it curi
ous if you wasn't.' "
" O, yes,' returned Smith, 'I'm a soldier."'
"As there was a horse tied to a tree near the
woman having a man's saddle on it, Smith ex
pectcd a man perhaps a soldier would bo
thcro presently, and started off, observing as
he left, ' Well, I must go back to ramp.' "
" The result of a council of war was that they
wero in close quarters and the sooner they got
away the better. They had not gone far when
they heard tho shrill blast of a horn or bugle.
Not knowing for what purpose the bugle had
beeti soundfd, we thought it bodrsd us no good
at least. When we reached the margin of the
stream wo lcvmoved tho shoes and socks from
our feet, then putting our shoes on, we watUtl
the stream. Wood and Trippe had ieacht
the opposite bank, and Smith, Sutherland, a.
I were lfcariilg it. when, looking to our leu.
of the mountain. He came toward us rapuli
until ho saw us plainly, when he wheeled suu
denly about, and dashed, back up the road with
great speed. He was bare-headed, and when
ho turned about in the road, displaying his
long locks of hair, and the cape of his overcoat,
with its brass buttons glistening in the sun
light, wo at onco realized our situation, and
tho necessity of getting away from there as
quickly as we could. Wo took time, however,
to put on our dry socks; then, putting on our
shoes, and lacing them securely, we left tho
bank of the stream and the road directly in
our rear, and pushed up tho mouutaiu side as
rapidly as tho nature of tho ground would per
mit. "The ridgo near its base was thickly covered
over with pine and cedar bushes, but as wo
neared its summit tho bushes wero nioro scat
tering. The side of tho ridge was covered over
with rocks, large and small, aud it was impos
sible to make a footprint on its stony surface.
Near tho top of tho ridgo, and on its summit,
were innumerable rocks of large and maasivo
size. Trippo having been recaptured ouco aud
sent back to prison, was determined to avoid,
if possible, tho recurrence of an event fraught
with such calamitous consequences! On tho
first appearanco of danger he had hurried his
preparations for leaving tho stream, and had
started out in advance of the other four of us.
Wo only aimed to keep Trippe in view, and
allow tho distance between him and ourselves
to grow no greater. Trippe was within two
hundred yards of tho summit of tho ridge
when ho stopped to rest. As soon as we saw
he had halted, wo did the same, although we
were not much wearied. But wo wished to
husband our strength as much as possiblo,
knowing wo should bo hunted aud pursued.
Smith, Sutherland, Wood, and I, kept near to
gether, that we might consult each other as we
hurried forward, for wo recognized the value
and importance of concerted action in the ex
" Wo had rested a very few minutes when we
looked up tho mountain and saw Trippe hur
rying to the top of it. Supposing from his ex
traordinary exertions that lie had seen our pur
suers from his moro elevated position, wo east
a glauco below us. At first glanco we saw no
one, but thought wo could see tho tops of tho
bushes moving near the baso of the ridge. Wo
watched for a moment only, and then saw fivo
or six bare-headed butternut gentry appear in
sight, as they emerged from tho bushes, about
two hundred yards below us. They had guns,
with bayonets attached, but were minus thoir
cartridge-boxes. We pushed ahead at a mod
erate run for the top oi tno mountain, occa
sionally looking behind us to seo if tho rebcL?
wero gaining on us. On reaching the summit
of tho ridgo wo followed it, as Trippe had, iu
a northeastern direction. Soon wo cjimo to a
deep chasm, or gorge, through tho top of tho
mountain. On the sides of this chasm wero
many largo rocks, and a few scattering trees or
bushes. Should our pursuers firo on us, wo
thought, we could mako it veiy difficult for
thorn to hit us, by constantly dodging about,
and disappearing behind tho huge rocks.
"As Smith, Sutherland, Wood, and I Wero
going down tho south side of the chasm, Trippe
was hurrying with might and main up Us north
sido. Just as our pursuers reached the chasm,
on its south side, wo gained the top of the ridgo
on tho north of it. Should the rebels all eom
nienco to cross the chasm at once, wo should
be out of sight befoio they got over; so they
divided their squad, two remaining to watch
our movements, while tho others crossed in
pursuit of us. Just as wo had gained the top
of the ridgo north of the gorge, tho two rebels
on tho south sido of it cried out 'Halt! halt!
you d d Yankees, you, or we'll shoot you.'
Having little fears of bullets at such long