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[41] the pangs of homesickness by preparing a grand dinner. ‘The best I've eaten since I left home,’ while others in the evening gave a grand ball where the music consisted of three violins, a comet and a banjo.

About this time Lieutenant Trull left to take command of the 4th Massachusetts Battery, Second Lieutenant Marland was advanced to First, and First Sergeant Edw. K. Russell of Chelsea was commissioned to fill the vacant second lieutenancy. On September 8 the death of J. K. Harvey was reported.

General Banks having succeeded General Butler on December 16 in command of the Department of the Gulf, the troops in Louisiana were organized as the 19th Army Corps composed of four divisions and Nims' Battery was assigned to the fourth division commanded by Gen. Cuvier Grover and ordered to report at Baton Rouge. Here it remained until March 13, spending much time in drill—drilling on pieces, as cavalry and with flying movements, and occasionally doing picket duty.

‘At this time, while some of our men were acting as pickets several miles outside the town, an incident occurred that, had it taken place in the North would have been called “a Yankee trick,” but as it is we disclaim it, and let our Southern brother have all the honor (?) Some of our men were acting as mounted pickets, and as they sat upon their horses looking up the road, and listening for the footfall of horse or man, a sharp sound of a bell came from the thick timber land on their side and quickly their ears were open and with eager eyes they sought to fathom the cause of the sounds, when tinkle-tinkle-tinkle came the sounds again and as it fell upon the ears of our men it took them back to their boyhood days when sent for the cows. They listened for the welcome sound of tinkle-tinkle-tinkle. Oh it is only an old cow in the brush: but they soon learned from the bullets' whiz that they had better be moving, and they did.’ Captain Russell.

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