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nt says I must write a report of the whole campaign, says the General, in the discontented voice of a schoolboy who has been set a long exercise.
I can't write a report of the whole campaign.
I don't remember anything about some of it. I'm all mixed up about the Tolopotomoy and the Pamunkey and the what-do-you-call-‘em Creek.
Hence it came that I was requested to give him some extracts from my valuable archives, and I since have written a lot of notes for him, extending from May 4th to August 28th.
He is very quick with his pen, is the General, and possesses a remarkable power of compressing a narrative and still making it clear and telling.
November 6, 1864
I was remarking in my last, a week ago to-day, that General Meade spoke of being obliged to write his report.
Yes! as you say, it is a pity he can't have some signal success.
The Shaws need not be against him on the negros-oldier question, for if he has a bias, it is towards and not against them, and indeed it would go t
ge to the battery.
To-day I was the sole companion of the General on his exercise ride, on which occasions, instead of riding behind him, I ride beside him, but keep as it were a little back of his horse's head.
When we approach any body of troops, I fall entirely to the rear — strong on etiquette we are!
For two or three days he has been in the best of humors and sits in the evening by the camp-fire before my tent, talking familiarly with all the aides; a rare thing with him. . . .
October 17, 1864
It is indeed not difficult to get material for a grumble, if one will but look about in this world.
You see I can't be enthusiastic about such a government as Lincoln's, when I see, under my nose, the petty tyranny and persecution they practise against subordinate officers.
Now there is Colonel Collis, a petty, scheming political officer; he sends letters to newspapers and despatches to Mr. Stanton about the enthusiasm for Lincoln in the army, etc., etc. Nothing is said to him; tha