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The following joined us about this time, but the exact date when each did so does not appear. The dates of their original enlistment in other branches of the services appear, however, and the names of the officers by whom each one was mustered into the service: J. Gibson Clark, enlisted May 15, 1861, at Winchester, by Captain Turner; William C. Kean, enlisted May 31, 1861, at Camp Pickens, by Captain Anderson; Thompson B. Maury, enlisted May 11, 1861, at Harper's Ferry, by Lieutenant Moore; Magruder Maury, enlisted May 15, 1861, at Harper's Ferry, by Lieutenant Moore; John H. Moore, enlisted April 18, 1861, at Lexington, Va., by Captain Letcher.

We left Camp Harman about the 16th of September, and were marched northward and encamped near Fairfax Courthouse, where we got a fresh supply of horses, and where we did a good deal of dirty work, making neat's-foot oil, greasing harness, &c. We also here had additions to the company:

September 21st—P. Lewis Burwell.

September 24th Mouina G. Porter (son of Admiral Porter, of the United States army).

October 4th—William S. McClintic, near Centreville.

October 7th—Williamson Luke.

October 10th—Henry Boteler.

A good many South Carolina troops were near us at this camp. General D. R. Jones's Brigade was in the meadow lands below us, and gave pleasant variety to our camp life. On 1st of October a part of the battery, under Captain McLaughlin and Lieutenant Alexander, was sent from this camp to the picket-line on the Accotink, across from Ravensworth, where, on the 10th of September, or thereabouts, they got the full benefit of a terrific thunder-storm, as they were on picket duty, and had left their tents at the camp.


REMOVAL TO CENTREVILLE.


On the 16th of October, the company was ordered to march at a very early hour, with the usual three-days' rations. After unusual delay in starting we set out southward, and after frequent delays during the day, waiting for other troops to get into their places (as we supposed), about sunset we began marching in earnest, and about 1 or 2 o'clock next morning bivouacked in an open field near (as we found out when daylight came) the hamlet called Centreville. Too tired and sleepy to care for the luxuries of life, most of us lay down