and the awful condition of the road, (when we found it,) we were compelled to sit patiently in our saddles until daylight, drenched to the skin, and ruminating upon the beautiful moral relation which the soldier sustains toward a grateful country.
At daylight we moved on rapidly, and made up for lost time.
We came up with the infantry, and halted a mile this side of the Chickahominy River.
They had surprised and captured a small rebel picket.
We soon came in sight of the river at Ford's Crossing, and away we went on the gallop.
The first rebel picket was discovered on the west bank of the river.
They were in a tranquil state of existence, having divested themselves of their superfluous clothing, and lain down to quiet dreams.
They were sound asleep.
The very doorkeepers of the great and invincible city of Richmond were snoring in their slumbers.
After fording the river, which is quite narrow at this place, and the water about up to our saddlebags, we swept onward with draw