The smoke of his camp-fires in warm weather was an excellent preparative for the smoking fireplace of winter-quarters.
Many of these huts were deemed incomplete until a sign appeared over the door.
Here and there some one would make an attempt at having a door-plate of wood suitably inscribed; but the more common sight was a sign over the entrance bearing such inscriptions, rudely cut or marked with charcoal, as: “Parker House,” “Hole in the wall,” “Mose Pearson
's,” “Astor House,” “Willard
's hotel,” “Five points
,” and other titles equally absurd, expressing in this ridiculous way the vagaries of the inmates.
The last kind of shelter I shall mention as used in the field, but not the least in importance, was the Bomb-proofs used by both Union and Rebel armies in the war. Probably there were more of these erected in the vicinity of Petersburg
than in all the rest of the South
combined, if I except Vicksburg
, as here the opposing armies established themselves — the one in defence, the other in siege of the two cities.
These bomb-proofs were built just inside the fortifications.
Their walls were made of logs heavily banked with earth and having a door or wider opening on the side The interior of these structures varied in size with the number that occupied them.
Some were built on the surface of the ground, to keep them drier and more comfortable;