from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tent protected from rain or heat by an additional covering of canvas stretched from the ridge-pole and forming a separate roof. See fly, n., 5.
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He did not wait for any reply, but walked to the little fly-tent, and three or four minutes later emerged, puffing a pipe.
It is recalled that when Major R.P. Todd returned to our command an officer, eager to hear from his home in South Carolina, entered a little fly-tent with Todd, and presently one of these sharpshooters put a ball through this tent, between the heads of the two.
In a large fly-tent, near the roadside, lay dying the Northern millionaire, General Wadsworth.
The more ambitious builders made straw pens, several logs high, and pitched over these a fly-tent, adding sometimes a chimney.