ain road; but seizing my opportunity, I cried out to him, General, this is the way; and clearing the five-barred fence in a splendid leap, I arrived at headquarters several minutes in advance of my comrades, whom I welcomed upon their approach, rallying my chief very much for not having followed my example.
Our long and delightful sojourn now drew rapidly to its close.
Guest after guest departed, and every day the indications of a speedy departure became plainer.
At length, on the 29th of October, a hazy, rainy autumn day, the marching orders came, and the hour arrived for the start.
A number of the Staff did not fail to indulge in the obvious reflection that nature wept in sympathy with us at the separation.
With heavy hearts indeed, we left the beautiful spot, and bade adieu to its charming, kindly inhabitants.
Silently we rode down the hill, and along the margin of the clear Opequan stream, musing on the joyous hours that had passed awayhours which those few of our dashing