but next day laughed heartily over the adventure.”
As a participant in this affair the writer feels justified in correcting somewhat the Colonel
's version of it. The officers' tents were located just behind the first row of trees in the orchard, three or four yards from the fence.
The guerrillas did not any of them get inside the fence but fired into the tents from the outside.
The General and several of the other officers took position behind the nearest apple trees and returned the fire.
, the odd genius of the staff, the night before, having declaimed his usual speech, “Hanni-bul and Skipi-o were two great com-pe-ti-ters.
They passed over into Af-ri-ca and wag-ged war against each other,” took out his revolver and laid it on the stand at the head of his cot, exclaiming, “There, I am ready for the guerrillas when they come.”
His revolver spoke more than once in welcome to the raiders and in louder tones than did that of the General
, who the next day lamented the smallness of his weapon, and declared that at every shot he felt more like throwing the weapon at them than firing it again.
The writer was roused from sleep by the firing and driven out of his tent by a bullet passing through it, and with an orderly ran down to the yard where the horses were kept, and got there just as two of the raiders rode up to the gate.
A couple of shots from the orderly's revolver convinced them that they did not want the horses, and they joined the band as they rode away.
Whether any of the band was wounded we never knew; but the man on picket and one of the band were wounded.
Two attempts were made to capture some of the guerrillas, but without success.
In one of these expeditions Moseby
's home was visited, located on the side of the mountain between Thoroughfare Gap and the New Baltimore Pike
; and some of his turkeys were