. 19.--An amusing instance of the efficiency of our negro troops occurred at this post to-day, which we will submit to our friends at the North
as evidence of the vigilance with which our lines are guarded, and of the implicit obedience to orders, both general and special, which is here observed.
A verdant but exceedingly well-developed Mississippian of twenty summers presented himself at the pickets guarded by colored troops, and, although Order No. 157
had completely closed the lines, the officer of the guard saw something suspicious in the stranger, and sent him under guard (a healthy African
) to the Provost-Marshal
, who inquired carefully into the young man's business within the lines, and ascertained that his chief ambition and desire was to procure a pound of tobacco, for which noble purpose he had come from down in “Mississip.”
This was rather aggravating, but our Provost smothered his wrath somewhat and offered his visitor a bit of the weed; then turned to the African escort and told him to put the butternut beyond the lines at double-quick.
The guard and his charge left the office.
On reaching the street, the negro, true to his instructions, announced the double-quick; but the chivalry stated that he did not like to run, whereupon down came the African
's bayonet and out flew the butternut's coat-tail to the horizontal, which each maintained down the street and out to the pickets, a little better than a mile, to the infinite amusement of the idlers, all agreeing that it was the prettiest trotting ever seen, and giving the chivalry credit for good bottom.--Chicago Tribune