heir accustomed dusky silence, and I longed to ask them what they thought of our Florida disappointment now?
In view of what they saw, did they still wish we had been there?
I confess that in presence of all that human suffering, I could not wish it. But I would not have suggested any such thought to them.
I found our kind-hearted ladies, Mrs. Chamberlin and Mrs. Dewhurst, on board the steamer, but there was nothing for them to do, and we walked back to camp in the radiant moonlight; Mrs. Chamberlin more than ever strengthened in her blushing woman's philosophy, I don't care who wins the laurels, provided we don't!
But for a few trivial cases of varioloid, we should certainly have been in that disastrous fight.
We were confidently expected for several days at Jacksonville, and the commanding general told Colonel Hallowell that we, being the oldest colored regiment, would have the right of the line.
This was certainly to miss danger and glory very closely.