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days rations were issued to the troops.
Sometimes marching orders came when least expected.
I remember to have heard the long roll sounded one Saturday forenoon in the camp of the infantry that lay near us in the fall of ‘63; it was October 10.
Our guns were unlimbered for action just outside of camp where we had been lying several days utterly unsuspicious of danger.
It was quite a surprise to us; and such Lee intended it to be, he having set out to put himself between our army and Washington.
We were not attacked, but started to the rear a few hours afterwards.
Before the opening of the spring campaign a reasonable notice was generally given.
There was one orderly from each brigade headquarters who almost infallibly brought marching orders.
The men knew the nature of the tidings which he cantered up to regimental headquarters with under his belt.
Very often they would good-naturedly rail at him as he rode into and out of camp, thus indicating their dislike of his erra