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[386] as they said, driven off a band of Federal thieves that morning, and scared them to death with rusty and unloaded old pistols. They didn't spare the major, and insulted him by ridiculing his soldiers, until he was as mad as a hornet.

I don't know how it was, but, soon after the major got back to camp, somebody proposed to shell that house out. Down we went with a rush. The ladies came out in a rage, and flourished their old pistols, and abused us like street-walkers; but it was all of no use. The boys swarmed like bees into the cellar; and I tell you, it was the best filled house I ever foraged on. What they ever intended to do with such supplies of canned fruits and meats, such rows on rows of hams, and barrels of every thing nice, I can't imagine. The boys filled bags, and sheets, and blankets, and wheeled the plunder off, or carried it-“like good fellows.”

Of course the ladies sent off post haste to Major W , to come and stop this business. He was a very long time in coming-very. I think that the messenger must have had a hard time to find him. And when he got there he didn't speak to any of us, and seemed to be rather slow in taking in the whole story from the ladies. When he had heard them out-and it takes a long time for an angry woman to say all that she has to say-he bowed, and said: “Ladies, I will see to it at once.” So down he came, and began to rate us in this style:

Men, what do you mean by such infernal conduct? Stop your pillaging at once!

(Then aside.) “I hope you've cleaned the place out, d-n it!” (Aloud.) “Put down that bag of potatoes, you scoundrel!” (Aside.) “And roll off that barrel of sugar, you d-d ”

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