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		�California Joe.�
count,� he said, �but he hated to be drun out of
it.�         They brought out a bake oven and put it
up once, to shield the gunners, he added of the 
rebels.  �The had wounded his instrument � he hoped
they hadn�t spoiled her!�      Berdan praised him,
called my attention to his remarks and the look-
ers on laughed admiringly.   The sharpshooter�s

[newspaper clipping]
  �The Philadelphia Ledger of Nov. 8 has this
interesting paragraph: �Mr. Truman Head, whose
exploits as a sharpshooter have attained him wide
celebrity in the army, where he is known as Califor-
nia Joe, arrived in this city on Thursday evening.
He is on his way home to California, his right eye
having become impaired by too frequently and con-
stantly scrutinizing the countenances of rebels
through a telescope, with rifle attached.  Mr. Head
accepted an invitation to be present at the Cooper
Shop Refreshment Saloon last evening, where he cre-
ated much interest.  He is an intelligent looking man,
of dark complexion, regular features, full beard and
long curly hair, and is apparently about 50 years of
age.  Contrary to what might be supposed, he is gen-
tle in his deportment and deplores the taking of life.
He is one of Berdan�s sharpshooters, and during the
campaign on the Peninsula was constantly employed,
using his rifle with almost mathematical precision.
His plan of operation was to take his food with him
in the morning, and seek a favorable position, from
which he would shoot during the entire day, only
ceasing at night, after closing the existence of all
rebels on whom he could draw bead.  Recently, while
thus engaged, his rifle was struck by a ball, which
glanced and scraped his nose and cheek, leaving a
deep scar, but doing him no further injury.  By the
advice of a physician he has, for the present, retired
from active duty, having received a brief furlough, at
the expiration of which he will resume his services.�

[Gunn�s diary continued]
talk, indeed, was almost
as racy as that of Natty Bum
or Ralph Stackpole, though
he evidently exaggerated his
manner in consequence of
ther having an audience.   I
put him in the Tribune,
in a letter of which I have
no copy, together with my
experiences of the past day
� or more.        Truman Head
was a man of property;
according to Berdan he had willed all of his
money to the widow�s and orphans accruing to the
regiment.         A dark ride back to the Hospi-
tal tents, where Aiken shared the low shelter
tent of Heichhold, in the rear of his living one.
  12.  Saturday.   A ride to the camp in the
wood, on the borders of which we were located,
in company with Skilton.  To the 87th New York
and the 63rd Penn.     Near Col Hays tent, lay the               
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