two feet of snow fell, covering us as we slept.
Orders against foraging were very strict.
We were not allowed to take hay from the stacks for bedding, or in any way molest private property.
The idea of General McClellan
seemed to be to carry on the war without hurting any one's feelings, but once in a while we broke over.
One night Corporal Phelan
and Jack Robinson
discovered hens at a neighboring farm-house, and finding the house not guarded took their muskets and went on duty.
The people were much pleased to be so well protected.
entertained the family Jack
went on duty outside to protect the hens.
Soon a squawking was heard, and Corporal Phelan
grasped his musket and rushed to reinforce Jack
They secured three good hens, and forgot to go back to the house, but reported to camp.
When they arrived I discovered that they had plunder, and called them before me. With downcast eyes they l told the story of their shame and begged for mercy.
As an officer I must do my duty, and they must be punished.
I ordered them to cook one of the three hens and deliver it to me. With sad hearts they obeyed the order.