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collect in squads and capture or shoot pickets, or commit other depredations. Hence expeditions, such as the one I accompanied, always go out in the night. Small parties are the best for this purpose, and ours consisted of four men besides Captain Newcomb and myself. The Captain had information that five men of the Stafford Rangers were in the country, about ten miles outside of our lines. All of these men had families or friends in the neighborhood, and were stopping at their own homes oly risk life and liberty with the prospect of capturing a blanket or an overcoat. We knew the rendezvous of the party we were after and the residences or stopping-places of most of them. Some of the same clan had already been captured by Captain Newcomb. If it should be one of their gathering nights, there was a chance that we might take the whole party together; otherwise, our design was to take the individuals from their abiding-places. We were piloted by a scout named Hogan, one of t