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ian and a captain of chasseurs-à--pied. The latter was an immense man, who could never, under any circumstances, be persuaded to mount a horse: he always made the march on foot. Their little establishment was usually the jolliest in camp, and it was often a great relief to me, when burdened with care, to listen to the laughter and gayety that resounded from their tents. They managed their affairs so well that they were respected and liked by all with whom they came in contact. The Prince de Joinville sketched admirably and possessed a most keen sense of the ridiculous, so that his sketch-book was an inexhaustible source of amusement, because everything ludicrous that struck his fancy on the march was sure to find a place there. He was a man of far more than ordinary ability and of excellent judgment. His deafness was, of course, a disadvantage to him, but his admirable qualities were so marked that I became warmly attached to him, as, in fact, I did to all the three, and I hav
y duty as best I may, and will ever continue to pray that He will give me that wisdom, courage, and strength that are so necessary to me now, and so little of which I possess. The outside world envy me, no doubt. They do not know the weight of care that presses on me. . . . I will try again to write a few lines before I go to Stanton's to ascertain what the law of nations is on this Slidell and Mason seizure. . . . I went to the White House shortly after tea. I then went to the Prince de Joinville's. We went up-stairs and had a long, confidential talk upon politics. The prince is a noble character, one whom I shall be glad to have you know well. He bears adversity so well and so uncomplainingly. I admire him more than almost any one I have ever met with. He is true as steel; like all deaf men, very reflective; says but little, and that always to the point. . . After I left the prince's I went to Seward's, where I found the President again. . . . The President is honest and mean
ome heavy guns to-day, and hope to give secesh a preliminary pounding to-morrow and to make one good step next day. The rascals are very strong, and out-number me very considerably; they are well entrenched also, and have all the advantages of position, so I must be prudent; but I will yet succeed, notwithstanding all they do and leave undone in Washington to prevent it. I would not have on my conscience what those men have for all the world. I am sorry that I shall lose the dear old Prince de Joinville in a few days; he is obliged to return to Europe. Gen. Prim has sent me his photograph. . . . It is quite hot this afternoon. . . . It is almost time for our evening skirmish, Secesh has been very quiet to-day; scarcely fired a shot. I am very glad of it, as it has enabled me to give my men a good, quiet rest for Sunday. June 23, 3 P. M. I am delighted that you are so much pleased at Orange. It must be a lovely place from your description. Will the doctor invite me to
ires work; after that you must exercise your own judgment. All these commands were obeyed. On the 26th orders were sent to all the corps commanders on the right bank of the Chickahominy to be prepared to send as many troops as they could spare on the following day to the left bank of the river. Gen. Franklin received instructions to hold Gen. Slocum's division in readiness, by daybreak of the 27th, and, if heavy firing Gen. Morell. Col. Colburn. Gen. McClellan. Col. Sweitzer. Prince de Joinville. Comte de Paris. Gen. McClellan at Gen. Morell's headquarters, Minor's Hill, Va. should at that time be heard in the direction of Gen. Porter, to move at once to his assistance without further orders. At noon on the 26th the approach of the enemy, who had crossed above Meadow bridge, was discovered by the advanced pickets at that point, and at 12.30 P. M. they were attacked and driven in. All the pickets were now called in, and the regiment and battery at Mechanicsville withdrawn
tam, 592, 593, 613. Darell, Capt., 605. Darnestown, Va., 96, 181, 183. Davies, Maj., talk with Stanton, 150. Davis, Maj. N. H., 124. De Chartres, Duc--see Chartres. Defences of Washington, 69-70, 72-74. De Joinville, Prince-see Joinville. Dennison, Gov., 40, 46, 225, 250. De Paris, Comte-see Paris. Departments: of Potomac, 225, 238, 252 ; Maryland, 79 ; Mississippi, 225; Missouri, 202 ; Mountain, 225, 239 ; Rappahannock, 241 ; Shenandoah, 97, 241 ; Virginia, 67, 252 ; Wa, 269, 289, 343, 346. 411, 482, 485, 486, 497. Jameson, Gen. C. D., 81, 379-381. Johnston, Gen. J., in Virginia, 54, 85, 222, force 76. In Peninsula, 267 ; Yorktown, 319, 333 ; Williamsburg, 334, 337, 353 ; Fair Oaks. 399, 400, 402. Joinville, Prince de, 123, 144, 145, 176. Jones, Gen. D. R., 340. Jones, Lieut. J. W., 133. Jones, Maj. R., 124. Kanawha Valley, W. Va., 52, 53, 56, 64, 65. Kauerhem, Capt., 419, 430. Kearny, Gen. P , 80, 81, 138. At Yorktown, 298, 301, 304 ; Williamsbu