On my return to camp, I stopped for a few minutes at Department Headquarters to see Garfield.
General Rosecrans came into the room; but, as I was dressed in citizens' clothes, did not at first recognize me. Garfield said: General Rosecrans, Colonel Beatty.
The General took me by the hand, turned my face to the light, and said he did not have a fair view of me before.
Well, he continued, you are a general now, are you?
I told him I was not sure yet, and he said: Is it uncertainty or modesty that makes you doubt?
Well, he replied, you and Sam Beatty have both been recommended.
I guess it will be all right.
He invited me to remain for supper, but I declined.
To-day I rode over the battle-field, starting at the river and following the enemy's line off to their left, then crossing over on to the right of our line, and following it to the left.
For miles through the woods evidences of the terrible conflict meet one at every step.
Trees peppered with