sent out such an expedition.
There was no way to retreat and no chance to send reinforcements, except a scow load at a time.
The movement was condemned by every one.
It was said that General Stone
was a traitor, that signal lights would be placed at a house on the Virginia
side and that he would go down to the river and meet men from the rebel army.
The truth we never knew, but General Stone
was relieved, and it was late in the war before he was given another command.
While we were engaged at the bluff Company K crossed at Edward's Ferry with General Lander
They had a sharp skirmish with the rebels and our brave brigade commander received the wound which resulted in his death soon after.
We returned to our old camp and were soon busy getting ready for winter.
About this time we were called upon to bear our first loss, not by death but by the resignation of Captain Stanwood
. Lieutenant Merritt
was promoted to the vacant position, Second Lieutenant Boyd
to first lieutenant and Quartermaster Sergeant
0. F. Briggs
to second lieutenant.
We were about to undergo our first winter in camp and had not learned to stockade our tents; we pinned them close to the ground, dug a flue for a fireplace, building a chimney outside topped with a barrel, and had plenty of smoke but little fire.
Neither had we yet learned the art of sleeping in tents; we would put on all our clothes, including overcoats, bring the capes up over our heads, lie down and shiver.
Experience soon taught us that to undress and throw our clothing over us was much the better way.
On Thanksgiving the officers of the regiment gave a ball; men were detailed to build a ball-room, and quite a nice