A Dark Shadow.—A captain in front of Petersburg writes:
Last March, our regiment (the Twenty-second United States Colored Troops) was on rather a wild raid in King and Queen county, Virginia. As the raid was intended as a punishment for the brutal murder of the gallant young Dahlgren, the men were allowed much more liberty than is common even on such occasions, and great was the havoc inflicted upon the natives, in the way of private excursions among the hen-houses, and many were the remarks created among the “smokes.” One enterprising fellow brought in with his supply of poultry an exceedingly lean and thin hen. This fact being observed by one of his comrades, gave rise to the following remark:
“Golly! I tho't I's berry good forr'ger, but nebber seen a man afore could cotch de shadder of a hen!”
Brockett, Dr. L. P., The Camp, The Battle Field, and the Hospital; or, Lights and Shadows of the Great Rebellion, Philadelphia: National Publishing Company, 1866
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