We then moved five or six miles West, and bivouacked for the night near a house owned by a large planter.
bivouacked on North-West side of hill, at a small water-hole.
Again bitterly cold, and we bivouacked for the night on the battlefield.
We marched to the vicinity of Elkton, where we bivouacked for the night.
It fell back to the cover of a piece of woods, and finally to the rear, about a mile, where it bivouacked.
The 2d is bivouacked by a little stream, and I saw him fast asleep.
Turning back, they passed the Fish Market, and here a large body of cavalry had bivouacked.
Winder with the Stonewall Brigade bivouacked at Newtown, twelve miles north.
Accordingly, a battery of artillery had been ordered to the front, and bivouacked half a mile in rear of Fairfax Court-house.
Longstreet, however, with most of his Staff, bivouacked on the field.
1702, from French bivouac (17c.), ultimately from Swiss/Alsatian biwacht "night guard," from bei- "double, additional" + wacht "guard" (see wait (v.)). Original meaning was an army that stayed up on night watch; sense of "outdoor camp" is 1853. Not a common word in English before the Napoleonic Wars. Italian bivacco is from French. As a verb, 1809, "to post troops in the night;" meaning "camp out of doors" is from 1814.