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Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Chapter 7: the Peninsula Campaign. (search)
osition that- A pretty girl who gets a kiss and runs and tells her mother, Does what she should not do and don't deserve another. These revelling, rollicking songs came later to be prime favorites with sundry brigadier, major and even lieutenantgenerals in the Army of Northern Virginia, and they cheered, too, many a comfortless camp and relieved many a weary march of the old battery. In due time we made our landing and found our place in the peninsular lines of Yorktown and Warwick River, which were admirably adapted to the purpose for which General Magruder designed and located them; namely, to enable a small body of troops to hold the position-but for occupation by a large army they were simply execrable. There was scarcely solid ground enough accessible to afford standing, sleeping, or living room foi the men. Our boys had their first taste of actual war in these abominable lines. Soon after our arrival the enemy attempted a crossing in force. Our guns being c