[the next day Lyman
was surprised to have Meade
say to him. “I think I must order you home to get me some cigars, mine are nearly out!”
But, as the former remarked, “It's hard to surprise a man out of going home, after a five months campaign.”
gravely prepared a fifteen-day leave, and the aides tendered their congratulations.
was bound for Richmond
on secret service!
So the Staff
persuaded the inquisitive Biddle
, who talked about it all over camp, and got very mad when undeceived.
He recovered, however, when tendered a cocktail as a peace offering.
's visit to the North
proved longer than he expected.
For, shortly after his arrival in Beverly
, where Mrs. Lyman
was passing the summer, he had an attack of malaria which kept him in bed for some time.
According to the doctors, “The northern air, with the late cool change, had brought to the surface the malaria in the system.”
Consequently, he was not able to rejoin the army until the end of September.
Meanwhile, the gloom was lifting, that had settled on the North
after the failure to take Petersburg
's capture of Atlanta
, and Sheridan
's victories over Early
in the Shenandoah
, had somewhat changed the situation, although the Army of the Potomac still lay before Petersburg
, where it hovered for many weary months.]