did not trouble them, and we waited until afternoon for rations.
At night we were taken out and marched to the depot.
Although it was the anniversary of our nation's birth we saw no demonstrations of any kind, and I do not believe that a citizen of the town knew it was a national holiday; but we remembered it, and while waiting for the train to be made up sung Star Spangled Banner and other patriotic songs.
We collected quite a crowd, but they manifested no interest, only stood and looked at us.
The train ready, we were ordered on board and packed in close box cars,--fifty-six in a car. Only one door was allowed to be opened, and that was filled with rebel guards.
We had no room to lie down, but were forced to stand or sit cramped up on the floor.
We lay our heads on each other's shoulders and tried to sleep, but it was too hot. We had no water, but one of the officers had an old two-quart pail, and by coaxing, the guard filled it twice out of the tank of the locomotive.
I never passed a more uncomfortable night, and when we arrived at Greensborough, N. C.
, in the morning, and were allowed to get out of the cars, we were happy.
Here we were re-inforced by some of Wilson
's cavalry officers, captured on the raid.
They had been shamefully treated,--some were bleeding from wounds received from the guard.
When they loaded us again some were allowed on top of the car, and I was one.
Our guards were a lot of home guards, and, like all such, were making a war record by abusing us.
On our car was a loud-mouthed fellow who was constantly insulting us. After a while he became quiet and was nearly asleep.
One of the officers near touched me, and motioning to keep still, drew up his feet, straightened out, and the fellow