“the wood-Choppers.” --The Sixth Maine regiment has earned the sobriquet of the “Wood-choppers,” by felling acres and acres of woodland across the Potomac
, to deprive the rebels of skulking places for sharpshooters.
They cut the trees about three feet from the ground, felling them all one way, thus forming abatis
through which neither horse nor man can pass.
Military roads have also been cut from the bridges and ferry, which rival the famous pathways of the Roman
legions, traces of which are still to be seen in the countries which they conquered.
One of these roads, leading from Fort Ethan Allen, at the Chain Bridge
, to Falls Church
, will long remain a monument to the industry of the Vermonters who constructed it.--Washington Star, Oct
Humors of the campaign.--A rollicking army correspondent of a New York paper perpetrates the following:
La Mountain has been up in his balloon, and went so high that he could see all the way to the Gulf of Mexico
, and observe what they had for dinner at Fort Pickens
He made discoveries of an important character, my boy, and says that the rebels have concentrated several troops at Manassas
A reporter of the Tribune
asked him if he could see any negro insurrections, and he said that he did see some black spots moving around near South Carolina
, but found out afterward that they were some ants which had got into his telescope.
The Prince de Joinville
's two sons, my boy, are admirable additions to Gen. McClellan
's staff, and speak English so well that I can almost understand what they say. Two Arabs are expected here to-morrow to take command of Irish brigades, and Gen. Blencker
will probably have two Aztecs to assist him in his German division.--Cincinnati Gazette, Oct