The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 60, July 1956 - April, 1957 Page: 469
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The Diary of Eliza (Mrs. Albert Sidney) Johnston 469
my bed and pitch our tent, small thanks to him, as one place is
about as easy and downy as another. all the officers join their
families after arriving in camp sooner than the Col as he is com-
pelled to take care of the whole Reg whereas the Capts only take
care of their Co's. Weather very fine roads rough over moun-
tainous country. husband is greatly troubled by the teamsters
lagging behind and stealing poultry from the citizens, last night
a regular search through the camp was ordered and 3 turkeys only
.were found though the farmer complained that 8 were stolen
the men are punished by being made to walk and to pay for
Rather later than yesterday in getting ready for the march
crossed yesterday a bright clear little stream called the 'Burbos'.18
Met a chicken waggon and purchased some fine fowls from
him. had a nice stew for dinner we take but 2 meals a day break-
fast about 5 oclock A M and dinner about 6 P M. for the last
two days we have had delightful clear cool water in bright gushing
springs Col Hardee says he thinks we will be much longer
than 6o days on the road We ladies have not had an opportunity
of speaking to each other since we started. We are so wearied as
well as busy after reaching camp (for we break up house keeping
and build our house, and commence again every day.) Ellen my
Irish servant girl says there are plenty of Frogs in Ireland I
have always thought that like the snakes the 'crathurs' were ex-
pelled by 'St Pathrick' to day we first camped in a Prairie, on
arriving in camp she exclaimed 'och! by my sowl but we shall
have room enough to kick here till morning.' My English driver
and Irish maid are continually sparring at each other in a perfect
war of words hating each other, the war becomes quite bitter
at times and I have quite an amusing time listening to them
as they ride along on the front seat Ellen is very witty and the
heavy mind & bull head of George is no match for her keen and
quick replies. he often relates anecdotes of the Irish to my boys
by way of cutting at Ellen to day he related a story of an Irishman
who coming to this country saw a Terrapin for the first time he
exclaimed "ooh by the sowl of my grandmother but its meself
laThe Bourbeuse River.
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