Our large tents have been taken away, and shelter tents substituted.
This evening, when the boys crawled into the latter, they gave utterance, good-humoredly, to every variety of howl, bark, snap, whine, and growl of which the dog is supposed to be capable.
Colonel George Humphreys, Eighty-eighth Indiana, whom I supposed to be a full-blooded Hoosier, tells me he is a Scotchman, and was born in Ayrshire, in the same house in which Robert Burns had birth.
His grandfather, James Humphreys, was the neighbor and companion of the poet.
It was of him he wrote this epitaph, at an ale-house, in the way of pleasantry:
Below these stanes lie Jamie's banes.
O! Death, in my opinion, You ne'er took sic a blither'n bitch Into thy dark dominion.
This afternoon called on General Thomas; met General R. S. Granger; paid my respects to General Negley, and stopped for a moment at General Rousseau's. The latter was about to take a horseback ride with his daughter, t
cers are in Libby.
The box of cigars presented to me by my old friend, W. H. Marvin, still holds out. Whenever I am in a great straight for a smoke I try one; but I have not yet succeeded in finding a good one.
I affect to be very liberal, and pass the box around freely; but all who have tried the cigars once insist that they do not smoke.
They will probably last to the end of the war.
The privates 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.
y leave a long interval between my right and Baird's left, and also that I was already in the position which General Thomas himself told me to occupy.
He replied that the order to move forward was imperative, and that I was to be supported by Negley with the other two brigades of his division.
I could object no further, although the movement seemed exceedingly unwise, and, therefore, pushed forward my men as rapidly as possible to the point indicated.
The Eighty-eighth Indiana (Colonel Humphreys), on the left, moved into position without difficulty.
The Forty-second Indiana (LieutenantColonel McIntyre), on its right, met with considerable opposition in advancing through the woods, but finally reached the ridge.
The One Hundred and Fourth Illinois (Lieutenant-Colonel Hapeman), and Fifteenth Kentucky (Colonel Taylor), on the right, became engaged almost immediately and advanced slowly.
The enemy in strong force pressed them heavily in front and on the right flank.
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