taking high views of one's duties in a conquered country, looked at me reproachfully, as who should say, “Shall these things be?”
In a moment or two the returning foragers had landed.
,” said Montgomery
, courteously, “would you allow me to send a remarkably fine turkey for your use on board ship?”
--,” said Major Corwin
, “may I ask your acceptance of a pair of ducks for your mess?”
Never did I behold more cordial relations between army and navy than sprang into existence at those sentences.
So true it is, as Charles Lamb
says, that a single present of game may diffuse kindly sentiments through a whole community.
These little trips were called “rest” ; there was no other rest during those ten days. An immense amount of picket and fatigue duty had to be done.
Two redoubts were to be built to command the Northern Valley
; all the intervening grove, which now afforded lurking ground for a daring enemy, must be cleared away; and a few houses must be reluctantly razed for the same purpose.
The fort on the left was named Fort Higginson, and that built by my own regiment, in return, Fort Montgomery
The former was necessarily a hasty work, and is now, I believe, in ruins; the latter was far more elaborately constructed, on lines well traced by the Fourth New Hampshire during the previous occupation.
It did great credit to Captain Trowbridge
, of my regiment (formerly of the New York Volunteer Engineers), who had charge of its construction.
How like a dream seems now that period of daily skirmishes and nightly watchfulness!
The fatigue was so constant that the days hurried by. I felt the need of