1 Many of the men engaged in a spirited debate.
2 He adopted the important air of a herald in red and gold.
3 Smoke drifted lazily from a multitude of quaint chimneys.
4 He had just put a costly board floor in his house, he said.
5 He came flying back from a brook waving his garment bannerlike.
6 He lay down on a wide bunk that stretched across the end of the room.
7 Of late, however, he had been impressed that they were in a sort of eternal camp.
8 Once a certain tall soldier developed virtues and went resolutely to wash a shirt.
9 One outlined in a peculiarly lucid manner all the plans of the commanding general.
10 To his attentive audience he drew a loud and elaborate plan of a very brilliant campaign.
11 The tall soldier felt called upon to defend the truth of a rumor he himself had introduced.
12 Equipments hung on handy projections, and some tin dishes lay upon a small pile of firewood.
13 A negro teamster who had been dancing upon a cracker box with the hilarious encouragement of twoscore soldiers was deserted.
14 There was a youthful private who listened with eager ears to the words of the tall soldier and to the varied comments of his comrades.
15 After receiving a fill of discussions concerning marches and attacks, he went to his hut and crawled through an intricate hole that served it as a door.
16 He was swelled with a tale he had heard from a reliable friend, who had heard it from a truthful cavalryman, who had heard it from his trustworthy brother, one of the orderlies at division headquarters.
17 A river, amber-tinted in the shadow of its banks, purled at the army's feet; and at night, when the stream had become of a sorrowful blackness, one could see across it the red, eyelike gleam of hostile camp-fires set in the low brows of distant hills.
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