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“ [165] hed ter take ter the water. We got inter Obey's Fork, ana floated down ter the Cumberland; hidina in the bushes in the daytime, ana floatina at night. We got nigh onter Carthage, ana knowina the river wan't safe no longer, left hit ana struck'cross fir the railroad. Thet kentry ar full uv rebs, but hevina the secesh does on, we made out ter git 'nuff ter eat till we got yere.”

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