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harrowing apprehensions of captivity. Of course surgeons and guards were detailed to minister to their wants and protect them until they should be removed. But how many men were closely packed in ambulances and wagons, I could not learn. Colonel Steedman would not leave any, and he had over one hundred stored away as comfortable as possible. The Surgeon of the Thirty-third Indiana, horrified at the order, protested vehemently, but he was informed decisively, the orders from headquarters is two hundred more" And here is another picture. We splash along tediously through the mire, and mounted officers encourage their men by kind words of sympathy. Nearly all relieve feeble soldiers by carrying their knapsacks and muskets. Col. Steedman, long racked with chills and fever, and scarce able to sit on his horse, rides with his scattered columns. Col. Connell, suffering from illness, bears the burden of a sick soldier's knapsack. Col. Coburn dismounts and pushes through the mud