Hither and Thither.
by 7 P. M.
15. Tuesday. A ride with Skilton to Hein-
tzelman�s; then being joined by Col. Dodge of the
87th N. Y. towards the rebel lines. On the
borders of the wood we found that the peach orchard
or part of it was cut down, for the operation of
artillery. The sharpshooters were in the woods.
Lunched at the camp of the 87th. With Dodge
and two officers to Berdan�s; dinner, chaff
and loafing. Returning I looked in at my old
lodging, now hospital to Porter�s division, and
saw Graham, inquiring about my missing va-
lise, without success. In the evening, with
Skilton to the house by the road side occupyed
by the Virginian, Green. We found there an
officer and the exceedingly selfish and useless chap-
lain of, I think, Skilton�s regiment, who prefer-
red the fireside of this homestead to doing any
of his duty to the poor, sick soldiers. Green�s
wife was an Englishwoman; the man himself, a
meek, slow, ignorant person. They had four
or five barelegged, unkempt children. A cum-
brous bed in the chamber was heaped high with
frowsy coverings and a log fire afforded what
light the household was supplied with. Return-
ing to our picturesque camp, while the cannon
were booming in the direction of Yorktown.
16. Wednesday. A walk to Heintzelman�s