ighly deserves promotion.
A quiet time now followed at headquarters.
Both horses and men needed rest after exertions so long continued and fatiguing.
The weather was glorious, and all nature had put on the full beauty of spring.
Around the house which we inhabited white and red roses bloomed in sweet profusion, covering and climbing over the walls, and the wild honeysuckle added its fragrance to that of hundreds of magnolias blossoming in the neighbouring swamp.
In the fierce heats of June no refreshment could be more delicious than that afforded by the shade and perfume that dwelt along the cool densely-wooded morass, as, in our rides about the camp, we frequently crossed the small tributary rivulets, and let our horses drink of the dark, clear water flowing over the pebbly bottom.
My relations with General Stuart had now become of a most friendly and intimate character.
The greater part of my time was spent in his company.
In this manner I became acquainted with his ami
ordon of pickets, were withdrawn towards Rector's cross-roads, where we all encamped.
The morning of the 19th dawned with all the bright beauty of the month of June, but the rising of the sun was also the signal for the recommencement of hostilities, and before we had had time to breakfast, a rapid succession of cannon-shots schmond, where I met with a kind and cordial reception under the hospitable roof of Mr P., which for some time was to become my home.
With the heat of the month of June my sufferings commenced, and were greatly aggravated by the conflicting rumours which reached me from Lee's army after the battle of Gettysburg.
I could scarcely st few days, had a very injurious effect on my health for months afterwards, and again I had to resign the hope of once more taking the field.
During the month of June, General Randolph wrote to General Lee in the name of several prominent citizens by whom, as well as by himself, it was considered a measure of safety for the capi