for we were very tired and foot-sore — the brigade was in ranks.
We expected to march to town, but were put on the back track some three miles. We left the main road, and soon came to the river, where we built fires and rested as well as possible.
Here the repairs of an old wherry were completed, and we crossed the river, protected by artillery.
There was a slight snow falling, and very uncomfortably cold it was. We had a tedious time crossing.
The Nineteenth and Twenty-fourth, Hecker's Illinois, crossed first.
We pushed on slowly to within a mile or two of the town, where we halted, waiting for the rest.
But the boys, getting almost frozen, declared that they had rather be shot than frozen, and we then pushed on, seeing no enemy, but rather fearing a ruse, and that they would return upon us in large force.
But no enemy appeared, and we were soon surrounding the fires, some of which had been burning for several days.
All the public buildings, and several warehouses filled with