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     A near view of the rebel entrenchments.
to the camps.     I had got beyond the saw mill
and was floundering through the muddy field
before it when Hall�s voice hailed me.      He
had sojourned with Col. Hays overnight, faring
hard enough.     Together we went to the Mozart-
ers and dined in the tent of sutler Rogers.     Pre-
sently Riley joined us and wanted to know if
we�d like to go to the front, where we might be
under fire.      We assented and took a muddy
walk in his company, to where the 7th Mass.
was snugly encamped in a declivity, bordering
a wood, beyond which at about half a mile�s
distance could be seen the line of the enemy�s for-
tifications.    A deserted house in which we were
not allowed to enter marked the extreme boundary.
Sundry shells, exploded and whole were exhi-
bited.     Indeed all the Union camps were pitched much
too near the rebel lines at first, to which blunder
we owed much of our safety, for the shells went 
right over us, into the fields beyond.      The camps
were moved subsequently, in most cases more than
once.     Spots of rain descended.     We encountered
Wallington in a white india-rubber overcoat, who
joined us.      To the 63rd Penn., with Riley as
pilot.    Col. Hays, Capt Hanna and Surgeon Ro-
gers then took us for a wet, muddy, puddley
walk through the woods to a very near view of
the rebel entrenchments on the left, where we               
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