October 31 — Still on picket. The second gun was ordered to Leetown on picket to-day; now there is only one gun on this post. This morning about three hours before day a courier came in from the outpost and reported that the Yankees were advancing on us. We were all roused and ordered to put our guns in position immediately, which we did, and kept them in battery till daylight, but no Yanks appeared. The report was false, and caused by some loose horses running in a field near the outpost. It is well enough to be very cautious and watchful on the outer picket post, but sometimes some of our cavalry picket men see the Yanks coming when it is really too dark to see anything.