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ight; for even at midnight feeble straggler staggered into Mount Vernon, where the 14th and 17th rested, to find their comrades. This night the poor lads went to bed supperless, for fatigue was overpowering, and sleep sweeter than meat. Some of them marched 14, some 16 miles that day--13 the night and morning before. This day's work was more disastrous than ordinary battles--God knows how many sturdy constitutions it wrecked, how many brave volunteers it will kill. Crab Orchard, Nov. 17.--The 38th Ohio and the 33d Indiana are coming in slowly. The former was more deliberate, but suffered its proportion. The latter are sleeping in the woods without tents. I know not whether the Tennesseeans have got back safely to London. There is not much beauty or gaiety in a soldier's life, if it is like this. But the toil, and suffering, and sacrifices and the manly efforts of brave men obeying orders under circumstances such as I have sketched, are very eloquent. Will soldiers