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      Williamsburg under military occupation.
prospect of trees, greensward and houses, lit
up by the bright May sunshine.   In the room
were a number of girls schoolbooks, and a 
�rebel� life of Jackson, who killed Ellsworth, ex-
tolling the man in the highest degree.     Got some
breakfast below, alone, then turned out, on horse-
back and had a look at Williamsburg, an
old Virginian city, of some interest.   The mud
lay thick in the streets, despite the sunshine, sol-
diers were everywhere, except in the houses, which
had been put under scrupulous guard; such of
the inhabitants as chose remaining unmolested.
Presently met Hall, mounted on Bement�s horse.
He had come on in company with Col. Hays and
the 73rd Penn, which regiment we set off to
visit together, meeting Brigham by the way,
and being simultaneously hailed on one side of
the street by Skilton and on the other by
Stedman.       The latter had just come on from
Washington to �do up� the recent attle for the
World, he beckoned me across the muddy street
and invented a few frivolous inquiries, ending in
a request for a cigar or a light for one � I for-
get which.    Dropped him and with Hall, ex-
plored the way to the camping-ground of the 38th
N. Y.       Talk of the fight with the soldiers, who
had done their share of it.         One told me an
anecdote: a private of their regiment had disco-               
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