Scouting and Skirmishing.
newspaper which she seemed to prize highly.
Henderson and Hendricks appeared. On, again;
troops, bayonets, sunlight and marching soldiers.
One shoots a pig by the road side, is chidden for
it by his comrades who refuse to let him secure
the pork by putting it on a gun caisson; so they
deposit the murdered grunter on the fence. Ar-
rival at the Halfway House, so called from its
equi-distance between Old Point and Yorktown.
Soldiers everywhere. A prisoner brought in, dis-
covered in bed beneath a heap of blankets. He
claims to be a negro but is certainly as white as
the majority of Virginians. Hendricks and
Anderson up again; the first very proud of his
horse: he relieves my hunger with a piece of
corn-cake. On and on, returning. Bethel
entrenchments again. Fitzjohn Porter and a
group of officers. An excited young fellow be-
longing to the Signal Corps rides up and reports
himself. He had come on three rebel cavalrymen,
blazed away at them with his revolver, secured
a sabre and belt as trophies and ridden back.
Just before this Berdan�s sharpshooters had a
brush with the enemy, claiming to have �picked
off� a trooper, who was conveyed away by his
comrades. A long ride back; tired, hungry
and faint. Tried to find Hays or Riley�s camp,
but failed, so wearily to the Hygeia. Here