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skirmishing-drill, more company- or re- peremptory command to put them out. cruit-drill
, and, at half-past five, our eyes. Then, and until the dawn of another day, ing parade. Let me not forget tent- a cordon of snorers inside of a cordon of inspection, at four, by the officer of the sentries surrounds our national capital day, when our band plays deliciously. The outer cardon sounds its * All is well"
At evening parade all Washington ap and the inner cordon, slumbering, echpears. A regiment of ladies, rather is- oes it disposed to beauty, observe us. Some
And that is the history of any dny at times the Dons arrive, — Secretaries of Camp Cameron. ks moutons, it State, of War, of Navy,-o military ast monotons, it is laborious, it as lazy, Dons, bestriding prancing steeds, bet be is a buz is a lark, 1 ss half eat, half striding them as if “twas not their babit pence, and totaliy attracirez, amil motto often of an afternoon." All which, the be dispened with from comés appetener bad teeth, pallid skins, and reste toilets in the nineteenth century. of the fair, and the very moderate borse manship of the brave, - privates, standing at ease in the ranks, take note of not cynically, but as men of the world
Wondrous gymnasts are some of the 231 ani. Lonely creatures will fizer Serenth, and after evening parade they taper ingras inden meg a focior often gise exhibitions of their process to Sells that is mises were circles of admirers Mosele has not gune sclestial must as their deens, it Tinte out, nor Derse, nor activity, if these and stripes topin vite a tileéir burdes, TE letes are to be taken as the types or even tilne felicemien a dheir eyes, and 13 as the leaders of the young-baret nea ilaing a tie leates a file cant of our time. All the texts of strength pea? Sail I say is: 1 I met a and grace of the gamans zz to be per la def. Dave and each and every seen here, and show to double advantage vītar af ezer and every newepajas 11 in the open air.
Then comes sweet evening. The son and inclusterity I have said it rises. It seems always fail moun Camp So the young ladies of New York - 13Cameron. Every tea becomes a fine dužng I lopp, her who made my tausilluminated pyra Crianças em vises in the march hither — has con sing, shout, do all these mearg sings that havelseks, pots of jelly, bundles sé vice. The gentle and amused, visit us
May 23d was the day we wi(563 ts guit and the ha
& this sweet symbol of good-will. At 0:01
of the agent of the ladies, the donors, with
my a neat speech on a clean sheet of paper
thern He read it with feeling; and Private II, who has his sentimental momento della
take us. that he was touched by the Generals nest manner and patriotic work?s.
ch feathers – Colonel responded with his neatgerich
ring. As soon
sywhere, or move very apropos. The regiment theu ma is neat speech, nine cheers **** Lore, they reof tigers, — very briet and pas
Their own ranks should supply their own where the highway bends from west to Horace Vernet. Our groups were never south. The works were intended to more entertaining than at this halt by serve as an advanced tête du pont, the roadside on the Alexandria road. bridge-head, with a very long neck conStacks of guns make a capital framework necting it with the bridge. That fine old for drapery, and red blankets dot in the Fabius, General Scott, had no idea of lights most artistically. The fellows lined flinging an army out broadcast into Virthe road with their gay array, asleep, on ginia, and, in the insupposable case that the rampage, on the lounge, and nibbling it turned tail, leaving it no defended pasat their rations.
sage to run away by. By-and-by, when my brain had taken This was my first view of a field-work in as much of the picturesque as it could in construction, - also, my first hand as stand, it suffered the brief congestion a laborer at a field-work. I knew glaknown as a nap. I was suddenly awaked cis and counterscarp on paper; also, on by the rattle of a horse's hoofs. Before I paper, superior slope, banquette, and the had rubbed my eyes the rider was gone. other dirty parts of a redoubt. Here His sharp tidings had stayed behind him. they were, not on paper. A slight woodEllsworth was dead, so he said hurried en scaffolding determined the shape of ly, and rode on. Poor Ellsworth! a fel the simple work; and when I arrived, low of genius and initiative! He had still a thousand Jerseymen were working, so much of the boy in him, that he rattled not at all like Jerseymen, with picks, forward boyishly, and so died. Si monu- spades, and shovels, cutting into Virginia, mentum requiris, look at his regiment. digging into Virginia, shovelling up VirIt was a brilliant stroke to levy it; and ginia, for Virginia's protection against if it does worthily, its young Colonel will pseudo-Virginians. not have lived in vain.
I swarmed in for a little while with As the morning hours passed, we learn our Paymaster, picked a little, spaded a ed that we were the rear-guard of the left little, shovelled a little, took a hand to my wing of the army advancing into Vir- great satisfaction at earth-works, and for ginia. The Seventh, as the best organ- my efforts I venture to suggest that Jerized body, acted as reserve to this force. sey City owes me its freedom in a box, It didn't wish to be in the rear; but such and Jersey State a basket of its finest is the penalty of being reliable for an Clicquot. emergency. Fellow-soldier, be a scala
Is my gentle reader tired of the short wag, be a bashi-bazouk, be a Billy-Wil- marches and frequent halts of the Sevsoneer,
wish to see the fun in the enth? Remember, gentle reader, that van!
you must be schooled by such alphabetiWhen the road grew too hot for us, on cal exercises to spell bigger words—skiraccount of the fire of sunshine in our mish, battle, defeat, rout, massacre — byrear, we jumped over the fence into the and-by. Race-Course, a big field beside us, and Well, - to be Xenophontic, — from the there became squatter sovereigns all Race-Course that evening we marched day. I shall be a bore, if I say again one stadium, one parasang, to a cedarwhat a pretty figure we cut in this mili grove up the road. In the grove is a tary picnic, with two long lines of blan spring worthy to be called a fountain, kets draped on bayonets for parasols. and what I determined by infallible indi
The New Jersey brigade were mean cations to be a lager-bier saloon. Saloon while doing workie work on the ridge no more! War is no respecter of localijust beyond us. The road and railroad ties. Be it Arlington House, the seedy to Alexandria follow the general course palace of a Virginia Don,- be it the humof the river southward along the level. bler, but seedy, pavilion where the tired This ridge to be fortified is at the point Teuton washes the dust of Washington
away from his tonsils,-each must surren- outposts. Arlington Heights had been der to the bold soldier-boy. Exit Cham- the spot whence the alarmists threatened pagne and its goblet; exit lager and its us daily with big thunder and bursting mug; enter whiskey-and-water in a tin bombs. I was curious to see the repot. Such are the horrors of civil war! gion that had had Washington under its
And now I must cut short my story, for thumb. graver matters press. As to the resi- So Private W., tired of his foot-soldierdence of the Seventh in the cedar-grove ing, got a quadruped under him, and felt for two days and two nights, - how like a cavalier again. The horse took they endured the hardship of a bivouac me along the tow-path of the Cumberland on soft earth and the starvation of coffee Canal, as far as the redoubts where we had sans milk,- how they digged manfully worked our task. Then I turned up the in the trenches by gangs all these two la- hill, took a look at the camp of the New borious days, — with what supreme artis- York Twenty-Fifth at the left, and rode tic finish their work was achieved, - how along for Arlington House. they chopped off their corns with axes, Grand name! and the domain is realas they cleared the brushwood from the ly quite grand, but ill-kept. Fine oaks glacis, — how they blistered their hands, make beauty without asking favors. Fine - how they chafed that they were not oaks and a fair view make all the beauty lunging with battailous steel at the breasts of Arlington. It seems that this old esof the minions of the oligarchs, – how tablishment, like many another old VirWashington, seeing the smoke of burn- ginian, had claimed its respectability for ing rubbish, and hearing dropping shots its antiquity, and failed to keep up to of target-practice, or of novices with the the level of the time. road winds musket shooting each other by accident, along through the trees, climbing to fair- how Washington, alarmed, imagined er and fairer reaches of view over the a battle, and went into panic according- plain of Washington. I had not fanly,- all this, is it not written in the daily cied that there was any such lovely site
near the capital. But we have not yet On the evening of the 26th, the Sev- appreciated what Nature has done for enth travelled back to Camp Cameron us there. When civilization once makes in a smart shower. Its service was over. up its mind to colonize Washington, all Its month was expired. The troops or- this amphitheatre of hills will blossom dered to relieve it had arrived. It had with structures of the sublimest gingergiven the other volunteers the benefit of bread. a month's education at its drills and pa- Arlington House is the antipodes of rades. It had enriched poor Washington gingerbread, except that it is yellow, and to the tune of fifty thousand dollars. Ah, disposed to crumble. It has a pompous Washington ! that we, under Providence propylon of enormous stuccoed columns. and after General Butler, saved from the Any house smaller than Blenheim would heel of Secession! Ah, Washington, why tail on insignificantly after such a frontisdid you charge us so much for our milk piece. The interior has a certain careand butter and strawberries? The Sev- less, romantic, decayed-gentleman effect, enth, then, after a month of delightful du- wholly Virginian. It was enlivened by ty, was to be mustered out of service, and the uniforms of staff-officers just now, take new measures, if it would, to have a and as they rode through the trees of the longer and a larger share in the war. approach and by the tents of the New
York Eighth, encamped in the grove to
the rear, the tableau was brilliantly warARLINGTON HEIGHTS.
like. Here, by the way, let me pause to I took advantage of the day of rest af- ask, as a horseman, though a foot-soldier, ter our return to have a gallop about the why generals and other gorgeous fellows
make such guys of their horses with trap ter bravery executed the plan; – he is pings. If the horse is a screw, cover him the Grand Yankee of this little period of thick with saddle-cloths, girths, cruppers, the war. 2d, To the other Most Worshipbreast-bands, and as much brass and tin- ful Grand Yankees of the Massachusetts sel as your pay will enable you to buy; regiment who followed their leader, as but if not a screw, let his fair propor- he knew they would, discovered a forgottions be seen as much as may be, and ten colony called Annapolis, and dashed don't bother a lover of good horseflesh to in there, asking no questions. 3d, And eliminate so much uniform before he can while I gladly yield the first places to this see what is beneath.
General and his men, I put the Seventh From Arlington I rode to the other in, as last, but not least, in saving the encampments, — the Sixty-Ninth, Fifth, capital. Character always tells. The and Twenty-Eighth, all of New York, – Seventh, by good, hard, faithful work at and heard their several stories of alarms drill, had established its fame as the most and adventures. This completed the cirs thorough militia regiment in existence. cuit of the new fortification of the Great Its military and moral character were exCamp. Washington was now a fortress. cellent. The mere name of the regiment The capital was out of danger, and carried weight. It took the field as if therefore of no further interest to any- the field were a ball-room. There were body. The time had come for myself myriads eager to march; but they had and my regiment to leave it by differ- not made ready beforehand. Yes, the
Seventh had its important share in the
Without our support, whether
our leaders tendered it eagerly or hesiPARTANT POUR LA SYRIE."
tatingly, General Butler's position at AnI Should have been glad to stay and napolis would have been critical, and his see my comrades through to their depar- forced march to the capital a forlorn hope, ture; but there was a Massachusetts man - heroic, but desperate. down at Fortress Monroe, Butler by So, honor to whom honor is due. name, has any one heard of him ? - Here I must cut short my story. So and to this gentleman it chanced that I good-bye to the Seventh, and thanks for was to report myself. So I packed my the fascinating month I have passed in knapsack, got my furlough, shook hands their society. In this pause of the war with my fellows, said good-bye to Camp our camp-life has been to me as brilliant Cameron, and was off, two days after our as a permanent picnic. month's service was done.
Good-bye to Company I, and all the fine fellows, rough and smooth, cool old
hands and recruits verdant but ardent! FAREWELL TO THE SEVENTH.
Good-bye to our Lieutenants, to whom I UNDER Providence, Washington owes owe much kindness! Good-bye, the Orits safety, 1st, To General Butler, whose derly, so peremptory on parade, so indulgenius devised the circumvention of Bal- gent off! Good-bye, everybody! timore and its rascal rout, and whose ut- And so in haste I close.
BETWEEN SPRING AND SUMMER.
(A BIRTHDAY POEM, WITH ROSES.)
To her whose birth and being
Touch summer out of spring,
From May to June, I bring.
To her whose fragrant friendship
Sweetens the life I live,
With perfumed breath, I give.
The violet and the lily
Shall stand for these and those ;
Whose soul suggests the rose,
Whose Life's idea
A summer day of light.
I bless the child whose coming
Sheds grace around us, where
Her step drops light as air:
Fair grace, to good related
In her, sweet sisters twin;
The fruits and flowers are kin.
The beginnings of great periods have crusade for its perpetuation. The conoften been marked and made memorable solidation of public sentiment which folby striking events. Out of the cloud that lowed the magnificent defeat at Bunker's hangs around the vague inceptions of Hill, in which the spirit of indignant rerevolutions, a startling incident will some- sistance was tempered by the pathetic times flash like lightning, to show that the interest surrounding the fate of Warren, warring elements have begun their work. was but a foreshadowing of the instant The scenes that attended the birth of rally to arms which followed the fall of American nationality formed a not inac- the beleaguered fort in Charleston harcurate type of those that have opened the bor, and of the intensity of tragic pathos