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[130] with dainty shoulder-straps, and presented the dress to the gallant major with all the customary honors.

Amusing instance of rebel desertion.

After the recent advance of our army upon Bragg at Tullahoma, and his retreat, the Pioneer Brigade pushed on to Elk river to repair a bridge. While one of its men, a private, was bathing in the river, five of Bragg's soldiers, guns in hand, came to the bank and took aim at the swimmer, one of them shouting:

Come in here, you — Yank, out of the wet!

The Federal was quite sure that he was “done for,” and at once obeyed the order. After dressing himself, he was thus accosted:

You surrender, our prisoner, do you?

“Yes; of course I do.”

“ That's kind. Now we'll surrender to you!” And the five stacked arms before him, their spokesman adding-

“We've done with 'em, and have said to old Bragg, ‘good-by!’ Secesh is played out. Now you surround us and take us into your camp.”

This was done accordingly, and is but one of hundreds of instances of wholesale desertion coming to the knowledge of our officers during two months-July and August — in Lower Tennessee.

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