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kets were then extended; and on returning from this duty, I remarked to Buckland that I believed we would be attacked before night. But he thought not, and requested me to retire to my tent, and seek repose. I went, but concluded to write to my wife. About two o'clock that afternoon, the rebels opened fire upon our pickets. I instantly mounted my horse — that I had left standing at the door, and rode with all speed to the picket line, where I discovered that the rebels had captured Lieutenant Herbert and seven privates. The Seventy second, Fortyeighth, and Seventieth were soon rallied; and I thought if no fight now ensued, it would be no fault of mine, eager as I was for the fray. So I rode rapidly up the Tennessee river, in order to strike the Hamburg road, aware that I could see up that road about one mile, and thus discover what was going on. As I was proceeding, I perceived, at a little distance, two rebels, who fled at my approach. I soon reached the road, and discover
our behalf. His reply was as follows: You invaders! you abolitionists! you that are stealing our property! you talk about Christianity! You should be the last men to utter a word on that subject. A lieutenant in our ranks, named Herbert, answered him by saying: If your so-called Southern Confederacy cannot furnish us with enough to eat, just inform us and we will acquaint our government of the fact. This seemed to irritate the doughty Colonel, and he replied very fiercely: I'll let you know that we have a government strong enough to hold you. You will have to go into close confinement. In a short time four men with loaded guns entered, and took Lieutenant Herbert from the prison. What was to be his fate we knew not, but in five days he returned, his appearance indicating that he had been exposed to severe treatment. He told me that he was taken to the old county jail, was there incarcerated in a damp, filthy, and bedless cell, swarming with odious verm