Beaufort, South Carolina.
Loafing and reading. Returned at night
to the Signal Corps, to share the bed of Lieut.
15. Tuesday. Breakfast with Hickox-
Saw the other fellows off. Loafing till dinner-
time; then to the Signal Corps. Howard off to
Hilton Head so I occupied the big four-poster
alone. This very house had, I was told be-
longed to a Mr. Hayward of Charleston. It
might have been the husband of the pretty woman
I saw there.
16. Wednesday. Arrival of newspapers from
the north. Rather a state dinner in honor of
visitors. Loafing in the afternoon; at Hick-
ox�s, Morrow�s. Got a horse from the latter
and went out for a ride with Babcock and
Brodie, ride across the island by the broad
shell road by which the South Carolinians
evacuated Beaufort when the federal troops
came thither. My horse was a big �skeary.�
brute, who shied at everything, went like
a racer, and was vicious withal; I had
work to keep on him. The road a fine one,
bordered by fine trees; it reminded me
of an English highway. The weather blazing
hot. Past pickets and a line of earthworks
then turned back. A job dismounting.