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Text for Page 027 [05-27-1862]

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                        Near Richmond.
very tired.  A couple of shots were fired by our
pickets in the night which startled us, but nothing
further occurred.
   28.  Wednesday.  Hurried up at 4 A.M.
by the zealous Whittemore, a breakfast, then
off.  A useless detour, then a return through
the woods, to our late entertainers, who had got
their balloon inflated and were meditating a
brief ascent, not however quitting the earth entire-
ly but being connected with it by a rope, held
by one of the party, who pulled the aeronaut
down again when required.  I wanted to
go up too, but was refused on some red tape
objection.  The aeronaut descending told us
that he had seen a thick column of smoke
rising from Richmond, and sagely concluded
that the rebels were evacuating the beleaguered
city, previously firing it.  (They may have been
burning some of the tobacco heaped in the ware-
houses.)  The place might have been taken
again and again, if McClellan had had
any pluck, as history will confirm someday.
  The day was very oppressively sultry.  Present-
ly we got to horse again and set off towards
 Hanover Court-House, parting with Hall at
a corner of the road, he being determined to
get back to New York.  I lent him $5 at part-               
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