d inexplicable disappearance of its commander may be imagined.
Fitzhugh and I having been invited to supper with Captain Dearing, a friend of ours commanding a battery of Pickett's division in Longstreet's corps, who was encamped about two milesndy; but wit and good-humour make amends for the lack of dishes, and our songs re-echoed through the adjoining forests.
Dearing soon proposed that we should send a courier for Bob Sweeney and his banjo, which was carried nem.
con.; and before halfc of the banjo, the songs of the bivouac, and the dances of the negroes, amused us till a late hour, when we returned on Dearing's horses to our headquarters.
Captain Dearing, who was a very gallant and distinguished officer of artillery, was traCaptain Dearing, who was a very gallant and distinguished officer of artillery, was transferred at a later period of the war to the cavalry.
He became the colonel of a North Carolina cavalry regiment, and soon afterwards a general of brigade, in which position he gained a high reputation for daring enterprise and celerity of movement
orning till night for all to help themselves at. It consists of eggs beaten up with sugar, milk, and the indispensable ingredient of whisky or brandy.
It is very agreeable to the taste, and has the dangerous property of concealing its strength under the guise of an innocent softness of savour, thus exerting its intoxicating influence on the inexperienced before the least suspicion is aroused. and a roast turkey, which formed the mainstay of a dinner to which I had been invited by my friend Dearing, of the artillery.
Encamped with his battery close to headquarters, in a dense pine thicket, he had, with the help of his cannoneers, built himself the snuggest little log-hut imaginable; and I was entirely restored to equanimity, after dinner, when I heard from my host that Major M., Longstreet's quartermaster, had two horses for sale, one of which would exactly suit my purpose.
Not to let slip so good an opportunity of a remount, I started, the first thing in the morning, for Major M