When we got back to camp, some of us were ready to start for home. We had a long trek ahead of us. We would have to go down through Virginia to the east end of Tennessee climb through the Cumberland Gap and travel across Tennessee to Arkansas.
It was going to be a very hard trip. I had a full canteen, a haversack full of food I had saved over the last 3 days and my brogans were still in decent shape for walking.
I had gotten back some of my strength over the last few days since we had some sleep, food, water and didn’t have to worry about fighting or getting kilt.
So Jones Amason, Kasper Schmit (Smitty), Ben Stephens and I went over to Captain Harrison’s tent and asked permission to light out. He shook hands with us and wished us the best and Godspeed. We went back to our camp and said good bye to the other Company E men. It took another hour before we had said all our goodbyes to the Texas Boys and wished them well.
About 3 o’clock as we had many times during the War, we shouldered our packs, canteens and haversacks and began the long walk back home. This time we didn’t have an Enfield musket or bayonet to weigh us down.