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uarters, and we were brought some very excellent vermicelli soup. As we had had but little to eat for twenty-four hours, excepting the aforesaid fat pork and hard tack, it was to us as nectar brewed in the garden of the gods, and refreshed us greatly. The rest of our company did not fare so well. They were kept in an open field all day with the hot sun beating down upon them, and I truly commisserated their lot. In the same tent with us were two ill-favored looking chaps, deserters from Wise's brigade. They informed me they had come over two days before. Doubtless Butler derived much information from them as to the defenceless condition of the town. During the day Butler sent for some of our party and Mr. A. M. Keiley, B. T. Archer and one or two others came up to his tent, where he interviewed them. Mr. Keiley in his book In Vinculus, has given a full account of his conversation with the general. Butler in his letter to General Gilmore thus refers to this interview: You