f the autumn sunshine yonder on the mountains.
I have nothing to reproach myself with — the reader shall judge of that-but this poor rough scrap of paper with its tremulous signature moves me all the same.
It was in the last days of October, 1862.
McClellan had followed Lee to Sharpsburg; fought him there; refitted his army; recrossed the Potomac, and was rapidly advancing toward Warrenton, where the fatal fiat from Washington was to meet him, Off with his head!
So much for Buckingham.
But in these last days of October the wind had not yet wafted to him the decree of the civilians.
He was pressing on in admirable order, and Lee had promptly broken up his camps upon the Opequon to cross the Blue Ridge at Chester's Gap, and interpose himself between McClellan and the Rapidan.
The infantry moved; the cavalry followed, or rather marched to guard the flank.
Stuart crossed the Shenandoah at Castleman's; the column moved through Snicker's Gap; then from the easter
Boswell, Captain, killed at Chancellorsville, 251.
Brackett, Captain Albert G., mentioned, 54.
Bragg, General, Braxton, mentioned, 47, 54; re-enforced, 313; opposed to Schofield, 370.
Branch, General L. O. B., killed at Antietam, 215.
Breckinridge, General John C., mentioned, 83, 341, 369.
Bristol Station, 187, 189.
Brockenbrough's brigade, 288.
Brockenbrough, Judge John W., 403.
Brown, John, mentioned, 74, 75, 76, 83.
Bryan, Lee's steward, 233, 234, 366.
Buckingham, Governor, of Connecticut, 221.
Buckland Races, 317.
Buena Vista, the battle of, iog.
Buford, General, John, at Gettysburg, 270, 271.
Bull Run, the battle of, 109.
Burnside, General Ambrose E., mentioned, 47, 48, , 175, 177, 180, 182, 205, 215; commands army, character, 222; mentioned, 224, 225, 226, 228, 229, 238, 239, 240; his corps at Petersburg, 355.
Burnt House Fields, 4.
Bustamente, General, mentioned, 32.
Butler, General Benjamin F., mentioned, 110, 323, 340; bott
ron, Pequot, Yantic, Maumee, Pawtuxet, Pontoosuc, Nyack.
Ticonderoga, Shenandoah, Juniata, Powhatan, Susquehanna, Wabash, Colorado, Minnesota, Vanderbilt, Mackinaw, Tuscarora, Vicksburg, St. Jago de Cuba, Fort Jackson, Osceola, Sassacus, Chippewa, Maratanza, R. R. Cuyler, Rhode Island, Monticello, Alabama, Montgomery, Keystone State, Queen City, Iosco, Aries, Howquah, Wilderness, Cherokee, A. D. Vance, Moccasin, Eolus, Gettysburg, Emma, Lillian, Nansemond, Tristram Shandy, Britannia, Governor Buckingham, Saugus, Monadnock, Canonicus, Mahopac. Total, 58.
The last four were monitors.
On the evening of the 15th, the transports, with the troops, arrived at the prescribed rendezvous, about twenty-five miles at sea, east of Fort Fisher.
The ocean was perfectly calm, and remained so for three days, while the army was anxiously waiting for the navy; for the landing of troops could have been easily effected in that smooth water.
Eagerly all eyes were turned northward, day after day, bu