Visiting and Camp Life.
was a squirt, generally.) To Berdan�s Camp,
finding his men exercising. Ripley, Aiken�s
brother-in-law, proved to be a distant relative
of the Major Ripley (now General in the rebel
service) of Charleston, Moultrie and Sumter,
who is his grandfather�s cousin. Talk and drinks.
Heichhold off. We stay to supper, then re-
turn to our sojourning place, stopping at Green�s
house to buy eggs. Scribbling till 2. Pm. M.
in Heichhold�s hut, the day dying gustely and
drearily. I may say here that Skilton�s
hospitality wasn�t gratuitous. I advanced money
to Holman for the general board, and paid Skil-
ton so much per month for the feed of my horse,
who was half starved, I believe, by the neglect
of his negro. Hall, getting no remittances from
Leslie, was hard up; I had to cater and speak
for him almost all the time we were together. H
was a kindly fellow and I liked him.
24. Thursday. Abed till 9. Writing letter
to Haney. At 1 P. M. Anderson and Craw-
ford came in. With Skilton and a military
friend of his for a ride. This friend wore spurs
with huge rowels, to which was appended some
jingling ornament, he seemed a pretty efficient
cavalry man, but otherwise an ass. He came
from Troy, N.Y. Visited the 12th N.Y. then
to the 1st Mass. Wells and Talcot. Then past