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Text for Page 121 [04-06-1862]

	The Second Night before Yorktown.
ments.    He had lit a fire in the crazy chim-
ney, which illuminated the dingy interior and
served to make some coffee, which he invited
me to share, I, in return, supplying him
with tobacco. He had a candle, too, by which
I finished my letter, congratulating myself on
having obtained shelter, for the rain pattered
overhead, steadily and dismally.    So we shared
the room on the left fraternally and if I hadn�t
been diarrheaish, I might have felt tolerably
comfortable.    Camping on the floor, we slept
with our feet to the fire till morning, I being
covered with a blanket and an old coat aban-
doned by some soldier and probably appropria-
ted by one of the negroes.    The adjoining room
was untenanted; immediately below us slept
the negroes, and in the ground floor to the
right lay the hospital attendants.        This day
was not productive of incidents in the camp.
  7.  Monday.   Work up cold and early.    Bab-
cock lit fire and invited me to share his break-
fast, consisting of fried ham and a hard-boiled
egg.  Meantime Amesbury had attended to my
horse, applying something to a bad sore on his
back.      I found the postmaster of the 62nd
Penn. just starting with his mail bag and saw
my letter safely off.  Then I got to horse and
rode through the raw, cold, gusty morning               
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