cross a small stream, and I was directed not to use the bridge for my foot trains until Kilpatrick's cavalry had passed. But I took my instructions with some latitude. As soon as our infantry was over, finding a space, I began sending over my trains, and so keeping the road full. In the course of an hour Kilpatrick and his cavalry came up, and he was exceedingly wrathy when he found me using the bridge. Remembering that a soft word turneth away wrath, I told him very pleasantly that I knew he had the right of way, and that I would speedily give it up to him; that I only used the bridge in order not to have it stand vacant. Then, doubtless with some show of humor, I said: “By the way, general, I heard a good joke about you yesterday.” “What was it?” Kilpatrick asked. “General Sherman said that you were changing the names of places about here, so that soon a new geography would have to be made. He said that he sent you up to Barnwell the other day, and that you had changed the name of the place to Burnwell.” Kilpatrick's anger vanished in an instant. Bursting into laughter, he said: “ Go on with your train. We might as well take our noon rest here as anywhere.” My idea was a slight variation from what I understood Sherman to say to Kilpatrick a few days before. Just as he was starting on his trip he asked him: “General Sherman, how shall I let you know where I am?” “Oh, just burn a bridge or something and make a smoke, as the Indians do on the plains.”
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