Don't steal his blanket.
Oh! don't put that louse on them,” etc. We made our way through them as best we could, and as the place was crowded lay down in the dirt, the first vacant spot we found.
As soon as we were located, and the excitement attending our reception had subsided, we began to walk about.
was apparent, and we would soon be joined by some honest looking prisoners who would begin to inquire how we were captured, would ask all sorts of questions, and before we were aware of it we would be drawing a line of battle in the dirt with a stick and explaining that “we lay here; the regiment on our left broke; the rebels came in there,” etc. A little group would gather around us, all interest and asking questions.
After we had satisfied this party they would move on, and soon another would come up and we would go over the same ground.
After we had gone through this performance four or five times we began to “catch on,” and would show when questioned that we were not so very fresh.
I thought our reception was a little unkind, and resolved that I would never be engaged in anything of the kind, but when the next batch of prisoners arrived I was in the front rank, and howled “Fresh fish” as loudly as the best of them.
The officers of our regiment became divided here.
was in one part of the stockade, Captain Hume
and Adjutant Curtis
with some of the 71st and 72d Pennsylvania in another.
found a friend from Quincy, Mass.
, and went with him; Lieutenant Osborne
and I joined Captain McHugh
of the 69th Pennsylvania.
Inside the stockade were two old buildings, each filled with prisoners.
Many had dug holes under them, and were sheltered in that way, but the last two or three hundred had