bama,) of course no one knew for what purpose, only those at headquarters.
They were ordered to cook one ration, and to take forty round of cartridges About 3 P. M., they were inspected by Adjt. Robinson, of Brigadier General Ruggle's Staff; all being O. K., they were ordered to stack arms and await further orders.
Many were the speculations as to their destination; all finally concluded 'twas to erect a battery at the mouth of the Perdido river, as ' I was rumored the day before that Picauyune Butler's fleet intended to effect a landing at that point to attack us in the rear.--Soon all speculation was put aside, the tap of drum, the call of roll, and quick command of countermarch by file right, march; and off they went in the direction of Fort Redoubt, where, to the great surprise of our gallant boys, they found anxiously awaiting them 800 brothers in arms.
It now being 7½ P. M., the command was given to stack arms, which was intermediately done, and a brief but eloquent speech by