the lifting and straining of mud-bedraggled cannoneers, until six more horses were added to extricate it. Anon the corps would arrive at a place utterly impassable, when down would go the fence by the roadside, if there was one, and out would go the column into the field skirting the road, returning again beyond the mire.
At another slough, a staff officer might be found posted to direct the artillery where to make a safe passage.
Such places by night were generally lighted by fires built for that purpose.
I remember such a spot in particular — a
reminiscence of the Mine Run Campaign
; I think it was the night of Dec. 4, 1863.
My battery was then attached to the Third Division of the Third Corps.
By the edge of the slough in question sat General J. B. Carr
, the division commander, with a portion of his command near by, and, as a caisson went down in the mire, he called in his “Blue diamonds” to lift it out, which they did right manfully.
There was no turning into fields that night, for, while the roads were soft, the fields were softer, and worse travelling I believe the Army of the Potomac never saw, unless on the “Mud march.”
When the army was expecting to run against the enemy