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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 3. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 90. battle of Bolivar Heights, Va. Fought October 16, 1861. (search)
or says they are not very seriously. The Wisconsin boys suffered most. They had six killed, ten wounded, and one is missing. Companies I and K were not engaged, and did not burn a cartridge. They were on the Shenandoah. As we gathered around our camp-fires, almost every one having a bullet mark upon his clothes to show, I could not help thanking the God of battles for his mercy toward us. It seems more like a dream than a reality, as I look back over the scenes of yesterday. The sixteenth of October will be long remembered by us all. It was just the end of three months service — a kind of quarterly settlement — and the Paymaster came to-day to balance accounts and make our previously useless pocket-books once more serviceable. It is doubly a settlement day, for we settled the account of the rebels, and the United States settles ours, but in a way far more pleasing to us and our poor washerwoman, who has been looking for that never coming next week, until she, like ourselves, beg
t put my hand on it now, though I have read it over and over again — it is said, That Captain Wilkes could not have received instructions from his Government at Washington, for that he was on his return from the Western Coast of Africa, wending his way through the Bahama Channel to New York. What do you think? I do not know whether it has come before your notice at all; but what do you believe? How will you put trust in the veracity of such men who will write such things, when on the 16th of October I saw the San Jacinto off St. Thomas? I cannot remember now whether it was on the night of the 16th or on the morning of the 17th. I went on my way to Mexico, going to Havana, Vera Cruz, Tampico. On my return to Havana, on the 6th of November, I found that the San Jacinto had been to Havana from St. Thomas; that she had coaled there, and that two of her officers, passing themselves off as Southerners in their hearts, had lunched with Mr. Slidell and family, and extracted from them th