t memories of the war — the men in gray behind this wall, talking, laughing, cooking, cleaning muskets, clicking locks,--there they were!--Lee's soldiers!--the Army of Northern Virginia!
We were so absurdly near this host of yesterday's victors that we seemed wholly in their hands and a part of their great mass; cut off and remote from the Federal army
The force here consisted of Buchanan's and Andrews's brigades of regulars, of Sykes's division, and Stockton's brigade of volunteers, of Griffin's division, Fifth Army Corps.--editors. and almost within the lines of the enemy — prisoners, of course.
That was the immediate impression, as we stupidly gazed in the first moment of the awkward discovery.
But the sharp whistle of a bullet sounded in our ears, and a rebel's face peered through the puff of smoke, as he removed the rifle from his shoulder; then rapidly half-a-dozen more bullets whistled by us, and the warning sent us all to earth.
The order to lie down is theoretically