A good camp story.
A correspondent attached to the army of the Potomac writes the following:
To show you how rumors will spread in the army, I will illustrate an incident.
The lady friends of our fifth corporal sent him a box; among the many good things in the said box was a life-size doll, dressed in full Zouave uniform, which they won at a soldier's fair in your city.
The corporal, after getting the box, was taken sick.
The boys started the rumor that the corporal was a woman and gave birth to a boy. The rumor spread like wild-fire; hundreds flocked to our quarters to see the wonderful phenomenon — a newborn babe — but we guarded the tent with zealous care, only allowing pryers to catch a passing glimpse of the supposed mother and babe.
We could find a number of men to swear they had seen both.
But the cream of the joke was to come off; the corporal received a ten days furlough; all thought it was the mother going home with her babe; some had it that she was a rich heiress escaping from a tyrant father; but hundreds believed in the mother corporal and young recruit of company I of the Zouaves d'afrique.