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hemselves as best they could in passing the winter away. In the second Federal corps, for instance, we are told by its commander that the higher officers spend their time in reading newspapers or books, playing cards, or the politician, drinking whiskey, and grumbling. Of course (he says) this charge does not include all by a long way, for it (viz: the corps) contains some of the finest officers that ever drew sword, from Major-General down ; and then signs it D. N. Couch, Letter to Seth Williams.--Page 776, Military Record of Rebellion. Major-General commanding. The monotony was occasionally relieved by cavalry reconnoissances, skirmishes and encounters. One of these I shall mention briefly, because it was the hardest contested purely cavalry fight I participated in during the war, and because in it a young, rising and already celebrated artillerist closed a short but brilliant career. In a dispatch to Halleck, Commander-in-Chief, dated March 16th, 6.30 P. M., Hooker says