Behind the guns were their limbers and still farther back picket ropes and artillerymen's bonfires.
The wagons escorted by the hussars drew up to the picket ropes and a crowd of hussars surrounded them.
It can't always be white picket fences and cottages.
Look there! one soldier was saying to another, pointing to a Russian musketeer who had gone up to the picket line with an officer and was rapidly and excitedly talking to a French grenadier.
Weyrother had been twice that evening to the enemy's picket line to reconnoiter personally, and twice to the Emperors, Russian and Austrian, to report and explain, and to his headquarters where he had dictated the dispositions in German, and now, much exhausted, he arrived at Kutuzov's.
On being relieved from picket duty Rostov had managed to get a few hours' sleep before morning and felt cheerful, bold, and resolute, with elasticity of movement, faith in his good fortune, and generally in that state of mind which makes everything seem possible, pleasant, and easy.
Cushing himself swam to the swamps on the river bank, and after wading among them for hours reached a Federal picket boat.
The soldiers forming the picket line, like showmen exhibiting a curiosity, no longer looked at the French but paid attention to the sight-seers and grew weary waiting to be relieved.
He's been proposing some scheme or other and has crawled into the enemy's picket line at night....
Since early morning--despite an injunction not to approach the picket line--the officers had been unable to keep sight-seers away.