of the capture of a man going out of
our lines, with a pass from the Provost
Marshal, and plans, letters, even
the morning�s, brigade reports appertain-
ing to our camps � and of said spy�s
being dismissed by the Lieut Col. of the
captors regiment. Merrill and his
companion having departed, Bradley
arrived, with a Lieutenant from Wil-
son�s Regiment and a quartermaster.
Whiskey, stories, recitations and talk
till midnight, when our guests departed
and Hills went to bed with Howell, to
avoid the coldness of his room upstairs.
17. Saturday. In doors, reading,
in Hills� parlor till 5 6, all three of
us being similarly employed. Visited
by Mann and by a Capt Whittemore
of the 30th Mass. A three hours debate
on Secession and Slavery. Out with
Howell to the camp of the 13th Conn.
to investigate the story told by Mer-
rill, which proved horribly exaggera-