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	From New Kent Court-House
reconnoisance, with trophies captured from the
enemy.     We made our bed under the canopy of
heaven, sleeping on a buffalo skin, placed on the
dead, dry pine leaves � a fragrant couch and
as pleasant a one as I ever experienced.     I
forgot to mention that Whittemore and Painter
joined us at New Kent Court-House, and
with Colston and Hall shared our bivouac.  Col-
ston, by the way, possessed a prodigious bowie
knife, a trophy captured from the rebels, which
� in order to have it handy I suppose � he in-
variably kept at the bottom of his corpulent
carpet bag, an article that appeared and dis-
appeared, according to his obtaining facilities of
transportation for it, or not.               The enemy
was, in all probability, occupying the woods and
the whole country about us, nevertheless we slept
soundly and were undisturbed.
  11.  Sunday.   A good breakfast and a
wash, then to horse and New Kent Court-
House, to the ex-residence of Lieut Telemachus Taylor
of the C. S.  There found a sack full of wheat
and, very injudiciously, allowed my unfortunate
horse to eat as much of it as he liked.          Then
finishing Tribune letter (which appeared but
of which I retain no copy) on a ricketty table
in front of the little house; some of the 1st
Rhode Island boys being on guard.  Colston               
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