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Text for Page 088 [03-27-1862]

	The Reconnoisance.     Capt. Aiken.
them.  Brigham applied to the authorities about
it, demanding that the regulations should either be
enforced or abandoned.     There was talk of Boyce
being arrested and sent back to New York, but
as he appeared subsequently in the campaign, I
suppose nothing was done about it.   I believe he
kept away from Fortress Monroe, remaining in
camp.      This reconnoisance was afterwards much
condemned by the generals, as premature, and
affording information to the enemy that Mc Clel-
lan�s whole army was here, of which they suppo-
sed them in doubt.  (I think they had excellent
advices of our movements and designs all along.)
    Probably Mc Clellan allowed his pet-officer
Fitzjohn Porter to do the thing as a bit of special
glorification.  As it was not followed up it rather
resulted in the advantage of the Confederates, put-
ting them alive to the necessities of their position.
It was one of the innumerable blunders of a misera-
nly managed campaign.
  28.  Friday.   Tired and sprained all over,
and still diarrhaeish.  My room-mate Aiken
proved a very good fellow, a fair-haired, beard-
ed good looking man, a Washington lawyer, who
had been appointed Captain to some regiment that
never got accepted, or wasn�t organized, or some
thing abortive.     He retained only the uniform
and title and was now doing duty as reporter for               
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