An incident.--As the fleet of transports was passing down the Chesapeake Bay
to Hampton Roads
, on that beautiful day in October when we first got under weigh at Annapolis
, a large bald eagle came sweeping out from the shore of Maryland
, and soaring high in air above the fleet, finally alighted on the masthead of the Atlantic
, the Headquarters of the army.
In an instant all eves were upon him, and conjectures were busy as to whether he were a loyal bird, come to give his blessing at parting, or a secession rooster, intent on spying out our strength.
We gave the bird the benefit of the doubt; an officer peremptorily stayed the hand of a soldier who would have shot
him, and we accepted the omen as auguring the full success of our enterprise.--Leavenworth (Kansas) Times, Nov