could endure it no longer, and late in the afternoon resumed our tramp.
Calling at a cabin, a negro baked the last morsel of meal he had in the house for us, and after we had eaten it, directed us to the creek.
Here we found a new trouble.
's cavalry had burned the bridge, and we had “one wide river to cross.”
We made a raft out of pieces of plank, and went over all right.
Frank was on the forward end of the raft; as we reached the opposite bank he caught a grape-vine and swung himself on shore.
He left the raft and so did I, the only difference being that he was safe on land while I went into the water and came up under the raft.
He fished me out, and with my clothes nearly frozen on me we continued our journey.
Arriving at an old mill we called up the miller.
He let us in, but was afraid to keep us, as the rebel pickets were very near, and liable to come there at any time, so we must keep in the woods.
I was too wet to lie down, so we ran along in the edge of the woods.
We saw places where Sherman
's army had camped only the day before, and the fires were still smoking.
As we were running along we saw a negro coming towards us on horseback.
Driven by hunger, we hailed him and asked for food.
He said he was going to mill, but would return in about an hour and would take us to a place where he could feed us.
We waited until he returned, when he told us to keep him in sight and follow along in the woods; we had gone only a short distance when he began to whoop and put his horse into a gallop.
What was up we could not make out until, looking towards a shanty, we saw a rebel soldier walking towards us on crutches.
He came near and said, “Come out, boys, ”