of troops were waiting orders.
Although possessed of fine sites for counter-fortifications, General Evans never essayed to build, and save one small field-work that crowned a rising ground midway beuable bodies, we had nothing to withstand the enemy's approach.
Don't talk to me of earthworks, Evans would petulantly exclaim; I have more fortifications now than I can well arm; besides, these Misng the Washington and Ohio Canal-one of the chief sources of Federal supplies.
At the same time Evans's force was distributed along the river, and our light battery was continually moving from point men, what this habitual retreating and advancing might mean, none could tell — it sufficed that Evans ordered it, and the men obeyed cheerfully, although frequently compelled to march in drenching ris services were invaluable in time of necessity, and his daring greatly relieved the anxiety of Evans, for whose discomfiture the enemy were continually manoeuvring.
We had pitched tents one eve