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requests he finally took one of the officers to a
prominent point near by, and pointed out a cabin on
the banks of the river in the suburbs of the enemy's
camp. He asked the officer if he saw a clothes-line
with clothes hanging on it. The officer replied
"Yes," whereupon Dabney said: "Well, that clothes¬
line tells me in half an hour just what goes on in
their camp. You see, my wife over there, she washes
for the officers, and cooks and waits around, and as
soon as she hears of any movement or anything
going on she comes down and moves the clothes on-
that line so I can understand it in a minute. That
there gray shirt is Longstreet, and when she takes
it off it means he's gone down about Richmond.
That white shirt means Hill, and when she moves it
up to the west end of the line, Hill's Corps has
moved up stream. That red one is Stonewall. He's
down on the right now, and if he moves she will
move that red shirt." One morning Dabney came
in and reported a movement over there, but said it
"Don't mean anything, they are only making be¬
lieve." An officer went out to look at the clothes¬
line telegraph through his field-glass. There had
been quite a shifting over there of the army flannels.
"But how do you know but there's something in it?"
"Do you see those two blankets pinned together at
the bottom ?" said Dabney. " Yes, but what of it ?"
said the officer. " Why, that's her way of making a