that had been pitched in promiscuously, drawn by mules with plough-harness, straw collars, rope lines, etc.; longcoupled wagons with racks for carrying cotton-bales, drawn by oxen, and everything that could be found in the way of transportation on a plantation, either for use or pleasure.”
[Vol. i., p. 488.] Here is another incident which will well illustrate the trials of a train quartermaster.
At the opening of the campaign in 1864, Wilson
's cavalry division joined the Army of the Potomac. Captain Ludington
(now lieutenantcolo-nel, U. S. A.
) was chief quartermaster of its supply train.
It is a settled rule guiding the movement of trains that the cavalry supplies shall take precedence in a move, as the cavalry itself is wont to precede the rest of the army.
Through some oversight of the chief quartermaster
of the army, General Ingalls
, the captain had received no order of march, and after waiting until the head of the infantry supply trains appeared, well understanding that his place was ahead of them on the march, he moved out of park into the road.
At once he encountered the chief quartermaster
of the corps train, and a hot and wordy contest ensued, in which vehement language found ready expression.
While this dispute for place was at white heat, General Meade
and his staff rode by, and saw the altercation in progress without halting to inquire into its cause.
After he had passed some distance up the road, Meade
sent back an aid, with his compliments, to ascertain what train that was struggling for the road, who was in charge of it, and with what it was loaded.
informed him that it was Wilson
's cavalry supply train, loaded with forage and rations.
These facts the aid reported faithfully to Meade
, who sent him back again to inquire particularly if that really was Wilson
's cavalry train.
Upon receiving an affirmative answer, he again carried the same to General Meade
, who immediately turned back in his tracks, and came furiously back to Ludington
Uttering a volley of oaths, he asked him what he meant by