er reaching camp that night, at Hard Times, I sent a wagon back to Bowie's plantation, to bring up to Dr. Hollingsworth's house the two portraits for safe keeping; but before the wagon had reached Bowie's the house was burned, whether by some of our men or by negroes I have never learned.
At the river there was a good deal of scrambling to get across, because the means of ferriage were inadequate; but by the aid of the Forest Queen and several gunboats I got my command across during the 7th of May, and marched out to Hankinson's Ferry (eighteen miles）, relieving General Crocker's division of McPherson's corps.
McClernand's corps and McPherson's were still ahead, and had fought the battle of Port Gibson, on the 11th.
I overtook General Grant in person at Auburn, and he accompanied my corps all the way into Jackson, which we reached May 14th.
McClernand's corps had been left in observation toward Edwards's Ferry.
McPherson had fought at Raymond, and taken the left-hand road toward
Mr. Lincoln, who had long pondered over the difficult questions involved, who, at all events, would have been honest and frank, and would not have withheld from his army commanders at least a hint that would have been to them a guide.
It was plain to me, therefore, that the manner of his assassination had stampeded the civil authorities in Washington, had unnerved them, and that they were then undecided as to the measures indispensably necessary to prevent anarchy at the South.
On the 7th of May the storm subsided, and we put to sea, Mr. Chase to the south, on his proposed tour as far as New Orleans, and I for James River.
I reached Fortress Monroe on the 8th, and thence telegraphed my arrival to General Grant, asking for orders.
I found at Fortress Monroe a dispatch from General Halleck, professing great friendship, and inviting me to accept his hospitality at Richmond.
I answered by a cipher-dispatch that I had seen his dispatch to Mr. Stanton, of April 26th, embraced in the