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        Occupation of Camp Deep Creek or
         Young�s Mills, by Keyes and Smith.
Aiken and I struck off Newport News way,
through open country, fringed by sandy, piny
woods.   We passed some ruined houses and the
remains of burnt ones, gallopped, halted,
met stragglers, plashed through puddles, found
our way through woods and presently came in
sight of the long line of marching bayonets.  Pres-
sing on, we joined Ayres� Battery, to which
Brigham had specially attached himself.  Its of-
ficers gave us a cordial reception.   The talk was
of work ahead, it being known that a rebel camp
and battery was located there.    Presently our ad-
vance reached the place and occupied it with on
more damage than the receipt of a musket ball in
the shoulder of a private in a Vermont regiment,
one Peter Delphy.     The enemy had abandoned the
place and gallopped of.            It was a picturesque
spot, known as Youngs� Mills, and admirably
adapted for a military position.      At the bottom
of a ravine there flowed a creek or streamlet,
across which a tall row of stockades fenced in
the rebel camp, into which we marched unoppo-
sed it.    It comprised at least a hundred huts
or houses, very neatly built and laid out in streets.
All of these dwellings had chimneys, sometimes
picturesquely and fancifully constructed with lathy
boughs or shingles.    An officer�s hut had a portico
to it.         Aiken and I took a gallop throughout               
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