lowed by a fine quartette by some of our soldiers, who had excellent voices, the al fresco concert always concluding with the famous chorus of Join in the cavalry already mentioned, which was much more noisy than melodious.
But every evening the negroes would ask for the lively measures of a jig or a breakdown — a request invariably granted; and then these darkies danced within the circle of spectators like dervishes or lunatics — the spectators themselves applauding to the echo.
On the 7th, a grand ball was to take place at The Bower, to which Mr D. had invited families from Martinsburg, Shepherdstown, and Charlestown, and in the success of which we all felt a great interest.
As an exceptional bit of fun, Colonel Brien and I had secretly prepared a little pantomime, The Pennsylvania farmer and his wife, in which the Colonel was to personate the farmer and I the spouse.
Accordingly, when the guests had all assembled and the ball was quite en train, the immense couple entered t