"Then here is the will," said Hatchie, handing him the packet, which he had taken the precaution to envelop in oil-cloth.
On the 27th there was skirmishing on the Hatchie River, eight miles from Bolivar.
Hatchie, who occupied a room near the boiler deck, had been awakened by the confusion of making fast the steamer.
Pat had procured the box, and conveyed it to Hatchie's asylum.
When Hatchie reached the open air, he was sensible of the dangerous position in which his bold act had placed him.
Hatchie approached, with the intention of searching his prisoner.
"I hope you will not bring me too many friends," replied Hatchie, a little disconcerted.
But these two commanders had joined their brigades, and Ord posted the whole so as to cover a bridge on the Hatchie River.
One day a little knot of men, in the faded, dilapidated garments of the army, entered the tap-room of Hatchie's protector.
They took up the Hatchie about ten miles and crossed us, and we halted about 12 o'clock that night, near Ruckersville, Miss.