all the way; and we took some extra exercise, chasing a bullock or two, straying off into the woods.
I think we saved our Uncle Samuel one stout animal, and fairly earned a beefsteak, which is hereby freely waived in behalf of privates A and B, who are probably as hungry as we. As day dawned, we caine up with a female equestrian, probably a nurse, who walked her horse leisurely by the wagons.
Soon we observed camps near the road, over which waved the Stars and Stripes; the ramparts of Fort Ellsworth on a hill commanding the road into Alexandria, were occupied by men, busy apparently in placing their guns in range; and at the outer picket near the town, another platoon from the garrison were arguing the point with fugitive soldiers who were asking admittance.
Even at this time only the wagons and the disabled men seemed to be allowed to pass: able-bodied soldiers were very properly stopped outside.
Our pass was promptly honored as usual.
At the first chance for a cup of coffee — a
efenders — shall we force these poor men back to those traitorous masters, to be used behind other batteries for mowing down the soldiers of the Union?
The tone of the question was slightly warmed, I imagine, by what the Senator had seen at Bull Run.
Allusion was made to the Senator from Kentucky, who had demanded the yeas and nays, and a small shot was fired toward him.
Mr. President, said the ex-leader and candidate, rising with great assumption of calm dignity, the Senator from Massachusetts will of course do his duty as he understands it. I, sir, as a Senator from Kentucky, shall endeavor to do mine.
[Resumes his seat and the newspaper, which he turns over somewhat conspicuously toward the gentleman on the other side of the house. ] Pearce speaks, half-way, for Maryland. Mr. Clerk Forney presently calls the vote; Trumball, Sumner, Wilson, and others, responding an emphatic Ay; and the chairman remarks that the bill is passed --six Senators voting No.
Mr. Tennessee Johns