of the Eighty-eighth Indiana presented a two-hundred-dollar sword to Colonel Humphreys, and the Colonel felt it to be his duty to invest the price of the sword in beer for the boys.
Lieutenant Orr was kind enough to give me a field glass.
Hewitt's Kentucky battery has been assigned to me. Colonel Loomis has assumed command of his battery again.
His commission as colonel was simply a complimentary one, conferred by the Governor of Michigan.
He should be recognized by the War Department as colonel.
No man in the army is better entitled to the position.
His services at Perryville and Stone river, to say nothing of those in West Virginia and North Alabama, would be but poorly requited by promotion.
Hewitt's battery has not been fortunate in the past.
It was captured at this place last summer, when General T. T. Crittenden was taken, and lost quite a number of men, horses, and one gun, in the battle of Stone river.
At midnight orderlies went clattering around
consider that they suddenly dropped business, every thing, in fact, to hasten to the field.
But, then, on second thought, I incline to the opinion that the old man is right.
Half the army would be at home if leaves and furloughs could be had for the asking.
Lieutenant Orr received notice yesterday of his appointment as captain in the subsistence department, and last night opened a barrel of beer and stood treat.
I did not join the party until about ten o'clock, and then Captain Hewitt, of the battery, the story-teller of the brigade, was in full blast, and the applause was uproarious.
He was telling of a militia captain of Fentress county, Tennessee, who called out his company upon the supposition that we were again at war with Great Britain; that Washington had been captured by the invaders, and the arch-iv-es destroyed.
A bystander questioned the correctness of the Captain's information, when he became very angry, and, producing a newspaper, said: D-n you, sir, d
own, and, lifting the field-glass to his eyes, leveled it upon the staff, and remarked that they appeared to be thirsty.
This, of course, was hailed as undeniable evidence that the glass was perfect, and Lieutenant Calkins was heartily congratulated on his good luck, and on the proof which the testimonial afforded of the high estimation in which he was held by the people of his native town.
Many of his brother officers, in their friendly ardor, shook him warmly by the hand.
Hewitt's battery has been transferred to the Corps of Engineers and Mechanics, and Bridges' battery, six guns, assigned to me. I gain two guns and many men by the exchange.
Our Board grinds away eight or nine hours a day, and turns out about the usual proportion of wheat and chaff.
The time was when we thought it would be impossible to obtain good officers for colored regiments.
Now we feel assured that they will have as good, if not better, officers than the white regiments.