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	    General Lee�s House
prepared by his wife.    Then on again, at
a wretched pace.   A halt during the heat 
of the day in a clover-field, where our horses
fed and we dozed.       On again.    Found a
regiment of 6th cavalry-men regulars; a talk
with them.      Arrived, at length, at the White
House, standing on the site of that possessed
by Mrs Custis Washington, and the scene of
Washington�s early married life.  It and the
houses, and negro-cabins appertaining to it form-
ed quite a village, all standing on the high
banks of the beautiful Pamunkey.  Nothing could
be more lovely or peaceful than the scene, under
the afternoon sun, as we approached it.        The
forces of the adjacent fields were undisturbed,
the crops of goodly promise, the greensward
in front of the neat wooden tenement 
			resembled
an English lawn.             In front of the house
we found a 6th cavalry man and the ex-over-
seer of the plantation, a fellow with a villanous
face, who when the place had been occupied by
Kerins and a handful of troopers (who sat in
their saddles all night) had tried to sneak off
and bring the enemy upon them.  The man�s 
name was Jedda, or something like it.     After
some demur he showed us through the house,               
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