had always been under lax discipline, and the effect was now observable.
Its rear companies would straggle, halt, and delay all behind them.
When forced to proceed, they would move at a gallop.
A great gap would thus be opened between the two brigades, and we, who were in the rear, were obliged to grope our way without assistance.
At the frequent junctions of roads, which occur in the suburbs of so large a city, we were compelled to consult all sorts of indications to ascertain the right path.
The night was intensely dark, and it was necessary to light torches at all such points.
The horses' tracks, on paved and dusty streets, so constantly traveled, afforded no clue to the route our comrades had taken; but we could trace it by noticing the manner in which the dust “settled” or floated.
On a calm night, the dust occasioned by the passage of a large body of cavalry will remain in the air for minutes, and moves slowly in the direction followed by those who have disturbed it. We were, also, aided by remarking the slaver which had been dropped from the mouths of the horses.
At every halt men would fall asleep, and even drop from their saddles, and the officers were compelled to exercise constant vigilance to keep them in ranks.
Daylight returned just as we reached the Little Miami Railroad, the last point at which we anticipated immediate danger, and, after the trials of the night, its appearance was gratefully hailed.
Our progress was continued, however, save an hour's halt, in sight of Camp Dennison
, to feed the horses, until we reached Williamsburg
, where we rested, after a march of ninety-seven miles, and, for the first time during the raid, slept the sleep of the righteous who know not fear.
Our experience in Ohio
was very similar to that in Indiana
Small fights with the militia were of hourly occurrence.
They hung about the column, incessantly assaulting it; keeping up a continuous fusilade, the crack of their rifles sounded in our ears without intermission, and the list of killed and wounded was constantly swelling.
We captured hundreds daily, but could only break their guns and turn them loose again.
They finally resorted to one capital means of annoyance, by felling trees and barricading the roads.
The advance guard was forced to carry axes to cut away these blockades.
While thus pleasantly occupied, we learned that Vicksburg
had fallen, and General Lee
, after Gettysburg
, had retreated from Pennsylvania
The information did not conduce to improve our morale
. General Morgan
had managed, in both Indiana
, to successfully avoid any serious engagement, and as his progress through the latter State drew near its conclusion, he was more than