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VOL. II.
MAIVCHKSTKK, VT., NOVEMBER 25, 180-2.
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HAM'S ESCAPE.
rri i9rrifrr'i jiiix h.m.'
Aijhn Prr.f, Mr IVron Bi.Jdtilj.li
(n Kr.pHh lurcnit) m Kivlmrd
W.!c (ho lrl! die orjf) are rc-
' turning arruA lh i!in from Cali
fornia, li n tlipy me'l wiib - Ham "
un'l-r tlie following circum.tanre :
Winter dialed ug clwe. It was
full DwmW wlit-n the plains left u,
I'tU bm-k, d1 beaclil us tion the
Outer tJge of civilization, at Indepen
dence, Missouri.
The mudJjr Mi."-ouri wni running
drcun. Sleambortta were tired of
nkii'ping from and-bar to sand-bar.
Engineer bad reported to Captain,
that Kai'gnroo, No. 5, would bust, if
be didn't lop trying to inuke her lift
herself over the damp country by her
braces.' No mere st amboating on
the yellow d till till ihere wan a rise;
until the I'luttC M.'lit down Mind three
nnd water o; c, cr the YdWsicne
inud tlroc and water .no, or the Mi
oo ri proper g'i' ihrce and wattr one.
We must tir.vt 1 by hind to .St. Louis
und inilroaJj.
We could go wiih our horsea ni fast
ail by slagc-co.K he. So wo fold our
pock beaut nnd continued our gallop
f three across Missouri.
Halfway across, we stopped one
evening at the mean best tavern in a
mean town n frow?y country town,
with a dusty public Kpnire, h boxy
church, and a pilty court-house.
Fit entertiinmeut for beast the tav
ern offered.
' Shall we go into the fpittoon ?'
Mi'id liiddulph.
4 Certainly,' wiid lirent. ' The bar
room I am orry ta hear you speak
of it with foreign prejudice is an
institution, nnd merit study. Argee,
ujHn the w hich the bar-room is based,
is also an insiiiution.'
1 Well, I came to study Amerimn
institution.. Lei us go in nnd take
a whiff of disgust.'
Fit entertainment for brute the bar
room offered.
In that club-room ' we found the
brute class drinking, swearing, spit
ting, mpinbb'iog over the price of nig
gers,' nnd talking what it called ' pol
itics.' One tall, truculent Tike, the loud
est of nil that blatant crew, seemed lo
I5rent and en self an old acquaintance.
We had seen him or his double some
where. But neither of us could fit
him with a pedestal in our long gal
lery of memory. Saints one takes
pains to rt member, and their scenes ;
but s.ityis one endeavors lo los-c.
Hare you had enough of the spit
toon T I asked ltiddulph. 'Shall we
go up ? They've put us nil three in
the same room ; but bivouacs in the
same big room out-door$ are what
we nre bct used to.'
Two and a half beds, one broken
backed chair, a walntHiid decked with
an ancient fringed towel and an aban
doned tooih-lrush, one torn slipper,
nnd a stove-pipe hole, furnish- d our
btd-chnriibcr.
We were about to cat lots for the
half bed, when we heard two men en
ter the next room. The partition was ;
cnly paper pasted over flnj cu, i i jmr;j jot ,)iey arCi T'cpreserita
op as if a Larder KuCn member of;tive brutes!
Ccngre,g jiad pracikcd at jt !, a Iara getting a knowledge of all
bowie-knife bttore a street fight. 'classes on your continent,' said Bid-
F.very word of our neighbors came to
us. They were talking of a slave
bargain. I eliminate their oaths,
though well filtration do them in
justice. 4 Light hundred dollars, said the
fust .-.tker, and hW voice startled us
as if a dead ruan we knew had spoken.
Light hundred that's the top of fny
pile for Hunt boy. Kf he warn't so
tdd and hadn't one eye jxked out, I
agree he'd be wutb a heap more.'
4 Waal, a trade's a trade. I'll lake
j Terstunjn, Count out jer dimes, and i
i I'll 11 out a blank bill of sale. Murk -
i er, tie boy's your'n.'
! 4 Murktr f We s:ar!cd at the
; iamt. This ' its satyr e had
observed ia the lar ria. Had Ful -
1 ro' victim en t from undi-r his cairn
f in Lugg"f-M'l Alh y, ai che l o to
lkc ' h here and harm u again.
I Fulano, Wade' horse. Lad trampled
i io (ie.itli a villain vi that mme who
attacked ll.ero to the riaiti.
The liken s, 1mA, voice and r.smc
wi re j rcnilr aeeosjnti-d fur.
Your're locking fur your br:her
out fro n Saeraroeiiter "boot now, 1
reckon,' aid the trader.
' He wur comin' cross hits with a
man named I.rrup, a psrduer of his'n.
Like enough they've stayed overwin
ter in Salt Iake. They ought-r rake
down a most moun'ainious pile thar.'
' Mormons is flush and sasy with
their dimes sence tho emergration.
Now thar's yer bill of sale, all right.'
And thar's yer money all right.
That are's wut I call a screechin'
good price for an old, one-eyed nigger.
Fourteen hundred dollar an all-lireJ
price.
1 Eight hundred, you mean.
' No j fourteen. Yer see yer nut
up (er taime on the nigger question.
1 know m like a church steeple.
When I bought that boy, now comin'
three years, I seed he wuz a sprightly
nigger, one er yer nmbishus sort, what
would be mighty apt to get fractious,
an' be makin tracks, unless I got
holt on him. So, sex I to him, 'Ham,
you're a sprightly nigger, one o' the
raal nmbMius sort, now aincher?'
He allowed he warn't nothin else.
Waal,' sez I, 'Ham, how'd yer like
ter buy yeiself, an be a free nigger,
an' hev a house o' yer own, an' a wom
an o'yer own, nil jess like white folks?'
Lor,' sez he, 'Magsa, I'd like it a
heap.'
' Waal,' sez I, 'you jess scrabble
round an' raise me seven hundred
dollars, nu' I'll sell yer ter yerself, an'
cheap at that.' So yer see he began
to pay up, an' I got a holt on him.
lie's h handy nigger, uu' a pop'lar
nigger. He kin play on the fiddle like
tnime-pooty nigh a minstrel is that are
nigger. lie kin cut bar, an' fry a
beefsteak with nyry man. He kin
drive team, an do a little jiner work,
an shoe a mule when thar niu't no
reg'Iar blacksmith round. He made
these ytr boots, an regular stompcr
they is. He's one o' them chirrupy,
sniiliu' niggers, with white teeth and
gmlecl manners, what critters and
foaks nat'ially takes to. Waal, he
picked up the bits an' quarters right
smart. He's been at it,lammin' ahead
raal nnibi-hus, for 'bout three year.
Last Sunday, after church' he plunk
ed up the lasj, ten of the six hundred.
So I allowed 't us come time to sell
him. He wus gitlin his bead drawn,
an' his idees set on freedom very on
healthy. I didn't like to disap'int him
to the last, so I allowed 'twus jess as
well to let you hev him cheap to go
down river. That's how to work
them fractious runaway niggers.
That are's my patent. Yer kin hev
it for nothin'. Haw ! haw !'
Haw ! haw 1 haw ! Y'ou nre one
cr ther hoys! I'm dum sorry that are
trick CHn'tbe did twicet on the same
nigger. I reckon he knows too much
for that.'
Waal, suppose w e walk round to
the calaboose, 'fore we go back to bed,
an' see ef he's chained up all right.'
They went out.
iliddulph spoke first.
Shame !
Yes,' said Brent ; do you wonder
that we have to run away to the
Rocky's and spend our indignation on
grizzlys ?'
What are we going to do now T
4 Try to abolish slavery in Ham's
ca-e. Come; we'll go buy him a
file.'
4 We teem to have business with
the Murker farnily,' said I
dulph.
'Some I I ke In-tter than oth-
ers T
4 Don't be too harsh on us malcon
tents for the sin of slavery. It is an
ancestral taint. We shall burn it out
lefore many decades,'
4 Tou had Itftler, or it will Met your
Oirn houte on firt P 1 W 9-6' .
It was late as we walked along the
j streets, channels of fever and ague
j now frozen op for the winter. We
j saw light through a shop door, and
j hammered away stoutly for admission.
A clerk, long-haired and frowzy,
1 opened ungraciously.
In the back sK.jp were three men,
j also lorg-hairexl and frowzy, dealing
card and drinking a dark compost
; frora tumblers.
'Putt trint' whifperod lirent.
' Fine old Indn Ih:k Fort is the die.
favorite leverage, when the editor .the i 'Can't we show fiht ?' said Bid
lawyer, the apofht ary and the nu-r- dulph.
chant meet to play euchre in Mis-j 4 There'll be a dozen tn the hur t,
souri.' , It is one of the e ntertainments herea-
We IxKight our files from the surly ! bouts. Besides, they would raise the
clerk, and made for the r!aboie. It ' posse on us. You forget we're in a
was a stout log structure wiih grated slate Slate, nn enemy's country.'
windows. At one of theie, by the j lied Fulano to the brink. He
low moonlight, ws m w a negro. It 'stood motionless, eyeing me, just as
was cold and late. Nobody was near.
We hailed the man. f
'Ham.'
4 Thai's ine, massa.'
4 You're sold to Murker, to go South
to-morrow. If yon wato get frie,
catch r
Brent tossed him up the files.
' Cutch again,' said BiJdulph, and
up went a rattling purse, England's
subsidy.
Ham's w hite teeth nnd genteel man
ners appeared at once, lie grinned,
and whispered thanks.
4 Is that all we can do?' asked the
Baronet, as we walked off.
4 Yes,' said Brent, taking a nasal
lone.
4 Ham's a pop'lar nigger, n handy
nigger, one er yer raal nmbishus sort.
He kin cut bar, fry n beefsteak, nnd
play on the fiddle like, a mlnstril. He
kin shoe a mule, drive a team, do a
little jiner work, and make stumpers.
Yes, Biddulph, trust him toknaw him
self free with that Connecticut rnt
lail.' 4 Ham against Japhet ; I hope he'll
win.'
4 Now,' said Trent, 4 that we've put
in action Christ's Golden Rule, Jeffer
son's Declaration of Independence,
nnd All-lhe-wi.sdom's l'n amble to the
Constitution, we can sleep the sleep of
well-doers, if we have two man-steul-ers
nnd one the brother of a mur
derer only papered off from us.'
The following morning they resume
their journey.
Tho day, nftcr the crisp fro.stiness
of its beginning, was ft belated day of
Indian summer; mild ns the golden
mornings of that culm, luxurious time.
We stopped to noon in a sunny spot
of open pasture near a w ide, muddy
slough of the Missouri. The reser
voir for the brcwage of shades for
Pikes had been re-tilled in some au
tumn rise of the river, and lay a great
stagnant lake n'ong the roadside, a
mile or so long, two hundred jards
broad,
We camped by n fallen cotton word
near the slough. The atmosphere
was hopeful. We picnicked merrily,
men and beasts. 4 Three gentlemen
at once ' over a chicken soon dissipat
ed this and its trimmings. We light
ed the tranquil calumet, and lounged,
watching our horses at their corn.
Presently we began to fancy we
heard, then to think we heard, at last
to bo sure we heard the baying of
hounds through the mild, golden air.
4 Tally-ho,' cried Biddulph, 4 what a
day for a fox-hunt I This haze w ill
make the scent lie almost us well as
the clouds.'
4 Music, music,' cried he again,
springing up, as the sound, increasing,
ro.ie and fell along the peaceful air
that lay on the earth so lovingly.
4 Music, if it were in merrie Eng
land, where the hunt are gentlemen.
A cursed uproar here, where the hun
ters are men-slealers,' said Brent,
4 No,' said Biddulph. 4 Those are
fables of the old. barbarous days of
the Maroons. I can't believe in dogs
after men until I see it.'
4 I'm ufraid it's our friend Ham they
are after. This would be his liue of
escape.'
At the word, a rustling in the bush
es along the slough, and Ham burst
through. He turned to run. We
shouted. He knew us, and flung him
self, lurid with terror, and panting
with flight, on the ground at our feet
' the pop'lar nigger !'
4 0, nmssu,' he gasped, 4 dey's gone
... , ... u-i.,.,1 i ) .'amot beautiful black colt a grow in'
set the dogs on me. rial II I tio r j b
4 Can you swim T said I ; for to me
he was kneeling.
4 No, massa ; or I'd bin cross this
yer sloo 'fore dU.'
4 Can you ride Y
4 Reck'n I kin, massa."
A burst of baying from the hounds.
The black ibofk with terror.
I sprang to Fulano. 4 Work for
you, old boy V said I to him, as I flung
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tbesMi:e over ms n.
4 Take mine. said my two friends
at a brea'b !
ai a nreaui.
4 No ; Fulano undenstands this hurt-!
' fee,. Chase or flight, all on to him, !
so be baffle the brutes.' !
j Folano neighed and beat the ground
with eager biX'f a I buckled tie Is;-
he eyed me in that terrible pause in
Luggernel Alley.
4 Here, Ham, lip with you! Put
across the slough. He swims like nn
alligator. Then make for the north
star, nnd leave the horse for Mr. Rich
ard Wade at theTremont House, Chi
cago. Treat him like a brother,
Ham !'
4 Ixr' bress you, massa! I will
dat.'
He vaulted up, 4 like a sprightly
nigger, one of the raal nmbishus sort.'
The baying eamo nearer, nearer,
ringing sweetly through the gulden
quiet of noon.
I launched Fulano with an urgent
whisper.
Two hundred yards to swim, nnd
then all clear to Freedom 1
Fulano splashed in and took deep
water magnificently.
What a sight it is to see a noble
horse nobly breast the flood to see
his shoulders thrust aside tho stream,
his breath come quick, his eyes flash,
his hatmches lift, his wake widen after
him 1
And then Act 2 how grand it is
to see him paw and struggle with
might and main upon the farther
bank to see him rise, nil glossy and
reeking, shako himself, nnd with a
snort go galloping freo and away!
Aha ! a sight to bo seen !
We stood watching Act 1. The
fugitive was half across. The baying
came closer, closer on his trail.
Two thirds across.
The baying ceased. The whole
pack drew u long wail.
'They see him,' Baid Biddulph.
Almost across 1 A dozen more
plunges, Fulano ! A crowd of armed
men on horseback dashed up to the
bank two hundred yards above us. It
was open where they hailed. They
could not see us among the bushes on
the edge of the slough. One of them
it was Murker sprang from his
saddle. He pointed his rifle quick
nnd steady. Horse and man, the fu
gitives were close to the bank and the
thicket of safety.
Ping!
Almost over, as the rifle cracked,
Ham had turned at the sound of his
pursuers crushing through the bushes.
Fulano swnm high. He bore a proud
head aloft, conscious of hi brave dj
ty. It was but a moment since he
had dashed away, nnd the long lines
of his wake still rippled against the
hither bank.
We heard the bullet sing. It mis
sed the man as he turned. It struck
Fulano. Blood spirted from a great
artery. He bounded forward. Ham
caught the bushes on the bnnk, pulled
himself a-shore, and clutched for the
bridle.
Poor Fulano ! He flung his head
nnd pawed the surface with a great
spasm. He screamed a death scream
like that terrible cry of anguish of his
comrade martyred in the old heroic
cause in Luggemel Alley. We could
see his agonized eye turn back in the
socket, sending towards us a glance
of farewell.
Noble horse! again a savior. lie
yielded and sank slowly away into
that base ditch.
But Ham, was he safe? He had
disappeared in the thicket. His pur
suers called the hounds, and galloped
off to chase him round the slough.
Ham wa$ safe. He got off to free
dom. From his refuge he writes to
me that he is 4 poplar ;' that 4 he has
sot up a Livery Institution, and has
up for me.' Ham was saved; hut ,
Fulano gone. Dead by Murker' ri
fle. The brother had strangely aveu
gea ins urotner, irampieu 10 fleam in
the far away canon of the Ro. ky j
Mountains.
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A lady asked a pupil at a public
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examination of the .Sunday School :
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4 hat was the nn of the I ban-
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s sees
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,he chilJ Sh(J j,a,j .j
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The bow a ship is not ti 'dene of
it politeness.
K IM'OH T Ol' fltl.. 1MHTOX,
Ki'Utirg ts) tbr Ynr.tg &f Ie lrt.'a
umti! ia I hi- !! li-! Hoa un lr th
I'ricr i.f iht UiritoUsl (fO, Mitchell.
We have bsd a full report of that
pHrl of the expedition which wa. un
der the immediate direction of Gen,
Brannan and Gen. Terry.
It a a whole, an unfortunate
and c.mtly expedition on our part.
The enemy had timely knowledge of
the movement, nnd were fully pre
pared for it.
After o;ir troops had landed, the
ground was found to bo quite advan
tageous to the rebels, while the ad
vance of our columns over a narrow
causeway, was exposed to the fire of
artillery from the opposite side or-nd
of the bridge. It wus while repairing
this road or bridge here, nnd making
their way over it, that our troops were
excised to a deadly fire; and here
the greater pai t of tho casualties oc
curred. The loss was very incorrect
ly stated w here it was said to amount
lo 100 killed and wounded. By com
paring the published reports of the
various regiments which took part in
the fight, any one could see, by the
long list of names, that the number
must be a great deal larger than that.
Yet many of the papers published that
error in giving an necoun't of the ex
pedition. But after n while, n letter
reported to come from an officer at
Hilton Hea l, and who saw the men
ns they returned, put our loss at 1000
men. This was another error. The
whole of the killed, woun led and
missing, was about 300. Of these,
about 20 were wounded, nnd from 10
to 50 killed.
This was a scvi re loss, consideiing
1icw II 1 1 lo wn accomplished by the
expedition, li it the detachment un
der Col. Barton sce:n to have been
more favored, and though but partial
ly successful, yet performed their part
with great courage and intrepidity.
In the recent attack on the Charles
ton and Savannah railroad, while (Jen
Braunnn was operating nt Pocotali
go, a smaller force under Col. Barton
landed near Coosahntehie and destroy
ed a portion of the railroad there.
Col. Barton has made his official re
port of the atfii'r, of which the follow
ing is the important portion:
' Throwing a few shells into the
woods, I disembarked with my infant
ry and engineers as expeditiously as
possible, taking with mc the boat how
itzer, in charge of Cnpt. Gould, 3d
Rhode Lhind artillery, and a detach
ment of twelve of his men. The
swampy nature of the ground ren
dered landing difficult, but losing no
time, I advanced toward the main
road, sending a request to the officer
in command of the Patroon, the gun
boat nearest to me, nnd about a' mile
and a half astern, to cover tho road in
my rear ns I advanced. I should
s'ate here that both of the gunboats
were unfortunately aground and were
thus prevented from taking a position
nearer to the Planter. My advance
reported squads of cavalry in sight,
ns tho main body of my forces enter
ed the road, which it did at right an
gles to the point of disembarkation.
The road proved to be an excellent
one, hard and firm, nnd evidently re
paired but nn hour or two before, the
dirt being still fresh, and the tracks
upon it showed plainly that artillery,
infantry and cavalry had just passed
over it. I continued my advance
toward the town, driving in - the ene
my's pickets and skirmishing the
country ns thoroughly as jxSblble.
When about one mile from the vil
lage the whistle of a locomotive was
heard. I was infoirned by the con
traband who had been furnished us ns
a guide lint it was the dirt train,
which always passed at that hour, and
w hich, he said, wus well on its way to
Savannah. A few moments,ho ever,
proved that he had misinformed me,
for, when the main body of my forces'
arrived at a point within a few bun-
,jrt.(j yj, of-town, and when the
skirmihers had already reached the
railroad track and telegraph line, the
train wa, jearj atlj,cen r,,illy com-
in., j0 rafi, J quickly placed
ny jatia!ion, in position, and as the
train approached, I directed a rapid
H . ,, ,
and heavy fire upon it with grape and
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canialer and musketry. This fire was
1
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ed of eight cars, six of which were
platforms crowded with men, and two
cars tiiiei with officer. There were
a!, Uhl I''"-' " lrtL
Many were seen to fall at the firvt fire j
(among t'.em the engineer,) and !w?ti- j
ty-fiv e or thirty jumped from tLe train,
I m t of whom were maimed or killed.
and the rrt, with ne tirrption, )
taking thrnist lies lo the wnnd nd
swamps en the other idc (( ihe track.
We carried away tr destroyed tr
about thirty stand of arms, mostly
rirtes, and secured one irttlcer's sword
and cap, and t st.-lnd of coh'r belong.
i2 to the 44 Whippy Swamp Guard."
We left number of the enemy's dead
and wtKundcd tm the track. 1 have
since learned front Savannah pfljers,
of the 21th nr.! 25th int., that aiiicmg
the kill.-d at this point was Major
Harrison, of tho 11th Guorgi regi
ment, whieh regiment, with the guards
named atiovc, w-rc on tho Irwin.
Immediately nficr the train had
parsed. Captain Eatoit, by my direc
tions, set vigorously at work tearing
up the railroad track, and continued
thus until the retreat was sounded.
After ibis occurrence, I concluded if
possible to push my way rapidly into
tho town and attack the troops there,
while in tho confusion of disembark
ing, and I marched forward for thai
purpose. I ha I proceeded but a short
distance, however, before I came in
full view ofthcatrnemy's forces, advan
tageously posted on the other shlo of
tho public road bridge, between that
and tho railroad bridge. They were
flunked on their left by the liver, and
on the right by a thick swamp, wiih
three pieces of artillery commanding
tho bridge. They immediately open
ed fire ujion us with their artillery
and infantry. Fortunately for us the
firing was too high. I fired a few
rounds in return whun.ns it was now
nearly night, and the enemy's rein
forcements above were double my en
tire force, I marched slowly back to
my boats. During my retreat the
skirmishers frequently observed and
encountered small bodies of tho ene
my's cavalry, who were, however,
easily driven off I directed Capt.
Eaton of tho engineers to destroy tho
bridges on the road in my renr, which
he did thoroughly, thus in a measure
hindering the pursuit. The enemy,
however, made his npparrtnee and
attacked us wiih infantry mid artillery
several times during my embarkation,
but on each instance we drove them
off wiih serious loss, as they were di
rectly under the guns of the Planter
and Pntrooli. As soon as the steamer
again flonltd we returned toMaekajr'a
Point, by order of Gs . Brnnnan, and
thence by way of Hilton Head to this
port. I regrei to report that durinjr
the lust attack of the enemy, Lieut J.
M. Blanding of the Rhode Island ar
tillery, nt that time in charge of tho
Planter, was dangerously wounded in
tho left arm and side. He is now,
however, do'ng well. This was the
only casualty on our side during the
day.
I'roin I lie 1 1 Hi Hrglraritf.
Camp Vkkuont, Va.,
Nov. 14, 1862. f
Dear Journal: Having a fewspnre
moments this morning, I can no better
dispose of them, perhaps, than ly giv
ing your readers a little information
concerning the preset well tx ing of
tho 14th Regiment, and' more particu
larly that of Company C. I shall
necessarily be very brief,- for the want
of time.
We are still at Camp Vermont,
where we expect to remain this win
ter, as we have received orders, and
arc making all neces-a ry preparations
to go into winter quarters ht-re. Tho
five Vermont regiments of nine months'
men are encamped here, but rumor
has it that two of them will go to
Washington lo do patfof duty this
winter. Which two, if any, I am un
able to ascertain. The general health
of the regiments is good.
Company C, with four other com
panies, were ordered out on picket
lust Sabbath morning. We remained
out two days, but did r.ot have the
pleasure of seeing the enemy. We
were stationed iibout two tndes from
Mount Vernon, on the estate of the
late rebel John A. Washington. I
can assure your readers that Virginia
rail fence make gond camp Arcs, and
that rebel chickens are excellent eat
ing. The heahh of Ccmijwny C is good,
there being but a few on the sick liat,
and none in hospital. The good health
of the troops may be owing in part,
perhap", to the fset that we are build
ing three fort here, barracks foe win
ter quarters, and doing oon.iderable
guard duty, which furfiishee us with
fltuiy of good healthy exercise.
It being nearly lime to 44 fall in"
fir Battalion Drill, I will close.
From vour irrnjuhir correspondent.
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