conferring they said, “You are loyal to your side and we must be to ours, but we will use you well while we have you in charge.”
The rest of the company came up while we were talking.
They had thirty-six prisoners, captured from Sherman
These were known as “Sherman
My experience with the Army of the Potomac had been such that I looked with little favor on the bummers.
Had they been with their comrades they would not have been captured, but they were, like a large part of that army, scattered over the country, not foraging for the army but for themselves, and the loyal negro was “cleaned out” the same as the “reb.”
It was demoralizing, and had the rebels been in force on this flank or rear, disasters instead of success would have overtaken that grand army before it reached the sea. With the bummers we were turned into the corn and slept in the husks that night.
Bright and early the next morning we were turned out and were soon on our way back to Augusta
The old negro came to see us off; as his eyes fell on Frank and me a look of sadness came over his face.
Our guards were well mounted and they made us “hiper.”
We marched several miles without a halt, when we came to a brook, where all were given a chance to quench our thirst.
As we had no cups we lay down and drank.
One by one the boys got up and started on, I alone remaining.
I was sure that the guards were gone and was ready to run for the woods, when, looking over my shoulder, I saw one with his revolver pointed at my head.
“Thought you had got away, didn't you?”
“I was very thirsty and it took me a long time to drink.”
“Well, I am looking ”