that when, after the battle, he examined the swamp they went through, he could not conceive that they could have got beyond it, and could understand that the rebel officers should have believed it a sufficient protection on that side.
He was enthusiastic about General Burnside and said he received the contrabands very cordially and beautifully.
It seems that the whole success of the affair was owing to a slave who told them the only landing-place on the island which was undefended.
Ellen Perkins sent us a volume containing Stephen's letters copied, and we enjoyed them very much; they are really among the very best letters which I have seen, and very graphic and full of his cool, philosophical observations.
It is the first glimpse into his mind which I have had since he was a boy, and I think he must have done very well.
He often gives the most comical pictures of himself, as of his vacating his tent in a storm to some men who had been thoroughly soaked, after which he strolled