To Sumner�s Corps.
sed a railroad, new in operation by our
troops, to convey men, artillery etc from the
White house to as far as we had control of
it. The whizz of its engines sounded like
a welcome to us; a sign of civilization. Fur-
ther on we came to an abandoned church
by the roadside, a little, clean, white edifice,
looking very lonely in the Sunday afternoon.
Here we voted a halt and I brought out a
chair and sat in it on the grass outside. On
again, munching what biscuit we had. Met
and passed soldiers, with interchange of chaff
about mule, whom Hall rode alternately
with myself when he got tired, I trudging
beside him. Into a camp again, past
Gen Sumner�s headquarters. By 4 P.M.
came up to Berdan�s camp, where we found
the redoubtable colonel convalescent again,
Ripley, Weston and others. From Ripley
we learnt that Aiken had either been sent
back to Washington by the military authori-
ties or returned thither of his own option.
(Indeed afterwards I got a letter from
him at headquarters, urging me to write
a letter or two to Forney�s �Press�, for
the payment of which he, Aiken, would be
responsible.) Berdan presently had visitors,