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Text for Page 171 [05-10-1861]

            The Battery in War-Time.
at present kept closed from the public, as the
2nd Regiment of State Militia is quartered
there.  Quite a crowd had assembled outside
the rails, soliciting admission from the sentinel;
who accorded it to us in virtue of Cahill�s office.
We found the ground occupied by rows of white
tents, not very large; perhaps capable of accomo-
dating from four to six men.     Their muskets
were stacked, soldier-fashion, outside; plenty of
mattrasses lay airing in the hot sun, and two
squads of men were being drilled.   Most of the tents dis-
played boards, covered with facetious inscriptions
as �Hotel de Irish, �de Union,� �Metropolitan,�
&c., one exhibiting a comic bill of fare.    Some of
the men lay inside smoking, talking or doing
necessary domestic offices; others were outside.  We
visited Colonel Tompkins, the commanding officer; 
a good humored young fellow, in a �Havelock� 
cap or helmet, made of thick, white linen, with
a cape falling to the shoulders, worn as a secu-
rity from sun-stroke, after the Anglo-Indian
fashion.    Cahill got what information he wanted,
and we pursued our stroll.         Some fellows were
bathing off the Battery margin, one with tattoed
figures on his arms, better drawn than is com-
mon in such performances.   We heard the emigrants               
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