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Heros von Borcke, Memoirs of the Confederate War for Independence, Chapter 19: (search)
Chapter 19: Life in camp during January and February. an English visitor. ride to a wedding. a new English visitor. a fortnight at Culpepper Court-house. fight at Kelley's Ford. Pelham's death and funeral honours in Richmond. breaking — up of winter quarters. With the New Year set in a continuance of bad weather. The cold increased, snow and damp alternated in rapid succession, and our poor animals continued exposed to the severest hardships. As for my own plight, I had returned to my large tent, where I managed by a variety of ingenious shifts, the offspring of hard necessity, to surround myself with not a few practical comforts. A planked floor was laid down, and over it was spread the rough resemblance of a carpet in the shape of a large square of old canvass; a packing-case which had served for the despatch of saddlery from the ordnance department did duty very efficiently for a bedstead; and with an empty whisky-cask, which, by sawing down on one side