119 1/2.-Occupation of Charleston, Va. July 25, 1861.
After passing a very tedious day in camp yesterday, and every thing after dress parade had quieted down to the preparations of the night, orders were very unexpectedly conveyed to the different commands to draw rations for a two days supply, and to be ready by five o'clock to-morrow morning to move forward upon the rebels.
Every thing instantly changed from its former quietude to the wildest excitement.
The boys were wild with delight at the prospect of a forward movement.
Squads of men were here and there congregated, discussing the various scenes to be enacted — some singing with joy, music playing, and others cheering for their different commanders.
Commodore Beltzhoover, of the river fleet, was busy as a bee in a tar bucket, transferring the chattels from boat to boat, making the necessary changes for the conveyance of the troops and stores of the army — as many as the boats could accommodate.
At daylight on t