ay after day passed, and none of us were put under arrest, we put away our fears and became ourselves again.
It was told of Colonel Funsten, that while we were away one of his aids said that the Virginians could not reproach the North Carolinians with deserting, for thirty of Company B, Twelfth Virginia, had deserted in a body.
Colonel Funsten replied: Tut, man, they have not deserted, those boys are fighting the Yankees every day.
It should be added that the little captured property that we had taken was sold, and when our comrades returned from prison each was given his share of the proceeds, none being given to those that escaped.
It must not be supposed that we went on this scout to avoid a battle or get away from the discipline of camp, for we courted battle, and the discipline was as strict as that we had left.
But we all wanted to see our friends and to get fresh horses, and to accomplish these objects we would risk a great deal.
Rocky Mount, Louisiana, July, 1883.