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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 wea
ty miles of the Rappahannock, with very few opportunities of procuring provisions.
In consequence of this state of things, I was ordered, in the commencement of February, by Stuart to proceed in that direction on a tour of inspection.
It was a mournful sight to see more than half the horses of this splendid command totally unfit t old Culpepper, and the hardships and monotony of our camp life fell on us the more heavily after an interval of comparative ease and abundance.
The remnant of February and a part of March dragged slowly by, so dull and eventless that existence was scarcely tolerable, and we looked forward to the commencement of spring and the