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‘ [23] since it happened that I cannot remember all of the particulars concerning the Howlett-house affair, but in regard to yourself I am certain that I saw you during our advance through the woods and after we got into the works.’ (And if I am not mistaken, I slept with him or some of his company that night.)

I have other letters to a like effect, but these are enough, I suppose, to prove my statement. Comrades Lumsden and Lacy seem to be mystified that they both should have been sent to the rear with practically the same message.

After posting a few pickets in our front and learning from the left, where we were, I sent two men—Lieutenant Arthur Lumsden and Sergeant-Major Lacy, I think—at intervals of an hour and a half, to General Corse with just such information as they say in their letters to me they received. By the first messenger General Corse informed me I must be mistaken as to the works being those of the Howlett-house line. I sent the second messenger with positive assurance that the works were the Howlett line, and asked him as soon as possible get more men into them, and also to arrange about getting the rations to the men, which was not done until quite late next morning.


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