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Chapter 8: spring of 1862. The military movements of this season alternately elevated and depressed the public mind. The memorable naval victory in Hampton Roads, the evacuation of Manassas, the great battle of Shiloh, and the fall of New Orleans-all occurred within two months. But the people and the soldiers kept up their courage, and while they lamented over reverses, rejoiced humbly in our successes. The march from Manassas to the Peninsula was attended with great suffering on the part of the soldiers. You would pity our hungry patriots, wrote a chaplain, if you could see them toasting the middling bacon on long sticks, and consigning their dough to the ashes for want of an oven. We have had no tents either, and a great many drenching showers. How would you enjoy sleeping, if it had to be effected out in the woods, in a driving rain, with a soggy, spongy soil for a bed, and no covering but a blanket? I have waked up at midnight under such circumstances, and found half