The Scene of the Fight
finding things as described in the printed letter.
Hunt and Johnson were lying off in an arbor of
green pine boughs. Talk with them, with Snee-
don and Nevins. To Clark�s house hospital, visit-
ing the doctors, who invited me to dinner. Through
the camps, over the creek and into the woods,
under the broiling sun to division hospital. Back
to Skilton�s. Writing to Tribune. In the evening
a long ride through the woods to our left, with
Skilton, to learn the result of the skirmish under
Smith and Keyes. Very dark and devious, the
way a hard one to hit. Visited the N.Y. 34th
and its lieutenant-colonel or major, in command.
Return, latish. More cannonading and shot and
shell. Skilton aroused at midnight to go on duty
with the 87th, who have to throw up intrenchments
very near the enemy�s works. The tremendous
boom of one big gun belonging to the rebels very
audible amid the firing.
17. Thursday. Writing in the morning, to the
Tribune. In the afternoon rode again with Skil-
ton to the left, in a south-west direction. Going
through the woods saw a huge bird seated on a
tree, had a shot at and of course missed him
To the 34h N.Y. and then in search of Keyes�
brigade. Passed wounded men in ambulances.
Ayres� Battery at length, where I was surprised to
find Wilkeson, who had arrived but recently.