it does not appear that many of them have been vaccinated.
It may also take off some of our white soldiers, though I do not find that any of them are in the hospital yet. They have generally been vaccinated within the last two or three years, so that they do not manifest much dread of the disease.
It is not likely, however, that if some of their friends should be taken to the Small pox Hospital, they would display much affection for them for a month or so. Though the white soldiers of Captain Hopkins' battery and the battalion.
of the Sixth Kansas Cavalry camp near together, yet there can be very little isolation, as by guard and other duties white and Indian soldiers are daily thrown together.
If the disease shows a tendency to spread, and to assume a serious form with a high percentage of mortality, Colonel Phillips will not probably permit the air of our camp to become much infected with its germs, before moving to another locality.
This is surely a strange enemy to attack
he division, and as they frequently encamped near the Sixth Kansas cavalry, I have often listened to it much delighted.
It becomes my painful duty now to mention a serious accident that occurred during our celebration yesterday.
While Major Henry Hopkins' battery was firing a national salute of thirty-four guns, one of the pieces just after it had been swabbed and the blank cartridge rammed home, went off accidentally before the rammer was fully withdrawn, and while it was still in the hann regiment, with about five hundred men, in the direction of Ivansville, a little town on the Arkansas line.
Major Foreman, with four companies of the Third Indian regiment, a detachment from the battalion Sixth Kansas Cavalry, and a section of Hopkins' battery, joined Colonel Schaurte beyond Park Hill.
Colonel Harrison, commanding at Fayetteville, was also expected to join Colonel Schaurte near the State line.
These troops were to attack the enemy near Cane Hill, if he seemed disposed to g
l Phillips had nearly all his force, consisting of cavalry, dismounted men, and two guns of Captain Hopkins' battery out on the plain, about a mile east of the fort.
He immediately formed his line aed position, looked lovely fringed with green, the parapets were bristling with the guns of Captain Hopkins' battery.
Various rumors were afloat all the morning concerning the movements of the enemythree o'clock this afternoon took about five hundred men, infantry, cavalry and one section of Hopkins' battery, and marched down to the Rapid Ford, five miles below here, with the view of making a of the battery when we commenced forming in line.
While they were surveying the situation, Captain Hopkins estimated the range, and in a moment more, bang went a shell from one gun, and then from ths carbine, waiting every time for the smoke to rise, from some point on the opposite bank.
Captain Hopkins now commenced shelling the woods along the opposite bank, and the enemy's firing ceased.
at has gone after our train.
If we had means of crossing the Arkansas, and a regiment of cavalry to spare, it would be a good time to make a dash on their camp.
The river has continued to rise since yesterday evening, and is now quite full at this point.
It is not likely that it has been fordable at any point between this post and Grand Saline for the last four days.
To-day being the 4th, or Independence Day, a national salute of thirty-four guns was fired this morning at sunrise, by Hopkins' battery.
The sunrise was unusually fine, and the mountains in the distance, just before the first rays of the sun fell on the plain below, seemed more charming than at any other time since we have been encamped here.
Though we have not had a barbecue to-day with all the delicacies of the season, we have made the best of that which we had. Most of the messes have had either rice, or beans, or hominy, or wheat, with coffee and fresh beef.
There is, perhaps, some slight difference in fare
eel at home for a while, removed from the field of active operations.
If I am to keep up my Chronicles of the Rebellion on the Border, it would be better that I should remain with the most active division of the army.
A few days more will take us to Kansas, where we shall see a larger sprinkling of white faces than we have been accustomed to see here, provided that the enemy has not decided to make an effort to capture our empty train, since he failed to take it loaded.
One section of Hopkins' battery and detachments from the Second Colorado, and the Indian regiments, will also accompany the train forty or fifty miles, and even further north if deemed necessary.
The train and escort left the west side of Grand River, opposite Fort Blunt, on the morning of the 7th, and marched to Flat Rock Creek, twenty miles.
Strong flanking parties were kept out during the day, and the most recent signs of the enemy we saw were his trails going south, probably from the field of his def
e examining the position of the enemy, one of their sharp shooters wounded one of the General's escorts.
The cavalry in the meantime had been skirmishing with the enemy, and was forcing him to show his exact position.
The line moved forward a hundred yards or so, and halted again.
General Blunt then directed Captain Smith to bring his battery into position, and to open with shell and shrapnel upon a wood where it was believed that the enemy had a battery and a large force massed.
Captain Henry Hopkins was next directed to bring his battery into position a few hundred yards distant from Captain Smith's, and to open upon the enemy in another place.
It was now soon discovered that the line of battle of the enemy was nearly a mile and a half in length.
The cavalry on the right and left were now warmly engaged, and the enemy commenced to reply with his artillery.
General Blunt went to Colonel Williams and said, Colonel, I think that we have got the location of one of the enemy's ba