, there is a board off somewhere; don't you see the water coming in?”
I didn't care if they were all off.
We arrived at Annapolis
and quartered in the several hotels.
The following day we received two months pay. I bought a good uniform of a Jew for seventy-five dollars. It was a nice blue when I first put it on, but before I arrived home it was as brown as a butternut.
We ate from six to ten meals a day for a week, then received thirty days furlough and came home to friends who had almost given us up for dead.
I never looked better than when I arrived home.
I had bloated so that I was the picture of health, and no matter what account I gave of prison life my face contradicted it, so I said little.
After thirty days at home I did not feel able to return, and received an extension.
The war was nearly over, Richmond
had fallen, and I was miles away, a paroled prisoner, not allowed to bear arms until exchanged.
While at home I had the pleasure of meeting my old comrade, Isaac H. Boyd
He had started as a private in Company A, and was now major of the regiment.
I left him one Saturday at the Providence depot
, he returning to the front.
In two weeks I received his body at the same depot.
He was killed in the last battle of the war, the day before Lee
surrendered,--one of the bravest officers who ever drew a sword.
Early in May I returned to Annapolis
, and was pleasantly quartered in the house of a Mr. Harper
, the only man in the city who voted for President Lincoln
While standing on the street one day a small squad of prisoners passed.
This was an unusual sight, as all had come through the lines weeks before.
I heard a voice say, “How are you, captain?”