acted before our eyes.
We all saw an immense amount of bagging and roping upon the steamer Black Hawk (General Banks' headquarters boat) when it arrived at Alexandria, and it was then said it was for cotton.
And during our occupancy of Alexandria on our retreat, I myself saw steamers loaded with cotton and sent down the river under the protection of the hospital flag, and Lieutenant Pannes (ordnance officer on General Smith's staff) sends me the following extract from his diary:
April 29, 1864.--Cotton is being loaded on the boats by General Banks' order.
Even the hospital boat Superior is used for that purpose; went out with Captain Burns to convince myself of that fact.
May 1.--The three cotton boats returned, having been fired into.
In a letter written by Colonel Shaw, who was at this time with his brigade at Governor Moore's plantation, he says:
The ostensible purpose of occupying this position was the securing of forage, but as scarcely any was procured and s