Harper's Weekly 11/16/1861


A SCOUTING PARTY.

We publish on page 726 a very striking illustra-
tion of one of the most exciting duties which now
devolve upon our troops—scouting. Every day
each brigade, and often each regiment, sends out
a small party of tried soldiers under an officer
selected for his courage and coolness, to ascertain
what, if any, changes have taken place in the posi-
tion of the enemy. The duty is one of no incon-
siderable danger, as the enemy's sharp-shooters are
always on the look-out for such expeditions, and,
lying concealed in thickets, not unfrequently man-
age to shoot several of the scouts before they are
detected. At and near Fortress Monroe these scout-
ing expeditions have proved unusually disastrous,
having cost many valuable lives. The very dan-
ger and enterprise of the duty, however, renders it
attractive to young soldiers and to ambitious sub-
alterns.



BEEF FOR THE ARMY CROSSING THE LONG BRIDGE AT WASHINGTON.


[Entered according to the Act of Congress, in the Year 1861,
by Harper & Brothers, in the Clerk's Office of the Dis-
trict Court for the Southern District of New York.]

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