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Text for Page 042 [06-02-1862]

                       Returning to
heard the General groan in the night, as if
he were in great agony.  Other wounded sol-
diers soon occupied the floor of the cabin, as
did their attendants the seats, upon which I
lay also, when I was not making weary visits
to the water closet, for I felt very ill and quite
tired out.  A heavy rain and thunderstorm
burst towards midnight: I lay watching it
and looking out of the cabin window upon the
Pamunky, now so crowded with vessels, once so
lonely, and thinking of my first visit to the
spot.  Withal I felt intense thankfulness that
I was really leaving that miserable peninsula
behind me, and going back to civilization.
      3.  Tuesday.  To the Philadelphia captain,
and his assistance got the mule across
four vessels to the Nelly Baker, which had
been moved at early morning to another land-
ing place.  This was no easy task, for the
decks were at different levels, and the animal
had to cross boxes, planks etc.  But I went
ahead leading the mule and the captain fol-
lowed in his rear with a piece of plank to
belabour the unwilling beast and finally we got
him safely on the fore-deck of the Nelly Baker.
Almost directly afterwards we put off.  I got
some flour and water and tea presently, in the               
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