o common on the part of our men.
One day, as I was riding the line near a farm known as Parson Fox's, I heard that the family of a Mr. Wilkinson, of New Orleans, was refugeeing at a house near by.School at Alexandria.
Inquiring for their mother.
I was told she was spending the day at Parson Fox's. As this house was on my route, I rode there, went through a large gate into the yard, followed found quite a number of ladies sitting on the porch.
I rode up and inquired if that were Parson Fox's. The parson, a fine-looking, venerable old man, rose, and said that he was Parson Fox. I then iFox. I then inquired for Mrs. Wilkinson, when an elderly lady answered that she was the person.
I asked her if she were from Plaquemine Parish, Louisiana, and she said she was. I then inquired if she had a son wnd comfort alone, and had my headquarters in a beautiful grove near the house of that same Parson Fox where I had found the crowd of weeping rebel women waiting for the fate of their friends in Vicks
mine (Fifteenth) was encamped along the Big Black, about twenty miles east of Vicksburg.
This corps was composed of four divisions: Steele's (the First) was posted at and near the railroad-bridge; Blair's (the Second), next in order, near Parson Fox's; the Third Division (Tuttle's) was on the ridge about the head of Bear Creek; and the Fourth (Ewing's) was at Messinger's Ford.
My own headquarters were in tents in a fine grove of old oaks near Parson Fox's house, and the battalion of the Thirurg to the bridge across the Big Black, whence supplies in abundance were hauled to our respective camps.
With a knowledge of this fact Mrs. Sherman came down from Ohio with Minnie, Lizzie, Willie, and Tom, to pay us a visit in our camp at Parson Fox's. Willie was then nine years old, was well advanced for his years, and took the most intense interest in the affairs of the army.
He was a great favorite with the soldiers, and used to ride with me on horseback in the numerous drills and reviews