The rooms were separated by partitions of reeds, which admitted the passage of air and sound.
And we could converse from one room to another.
's coarse humor was irrepressible.
Nothing could stop it, and it gave annoyance especially to Captain Johnston
, who was as pure as a woman in word and thought.
But he lay quiescent, without any expression of pain, though his wounds were the most grievous of all, and silently endured Darby
's jokes till he heard him one day order his servant to catch a lamb from a passing flock and have it cooked for dinner.
Then he lifted up his voice and said, ‘If you dare to do that, sir, I will have you court-martialled.’
After ten days General Scott
had all of us borne on litters up to the beautiful city of Jalapa
, where we were in a delicious climate and luxurious quarters.
After getting strength enough to walk to Captain
's quarters (he had been promoted to the lieutenant-colonelcy of the fine regiment of voltigeurs) I went to see him every day, and we there formed an attachment which ever grew until the end. His nephew, the gallant young Preston Johnston
, of the artillery, was his constant companion and nurse.
Ten months later both had been shot down in battle ‘in the valley.’
Young Preston Johnston
was killed instantly.
His uncle, then heading the voltigeurs at Chapultepec
, was again severely wounded.