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Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., Incidents of the occupation of New Orleans. (search)
, and then hang him. History attests how well he kept his word, and there is no doubt but that this hanging proved a wholesome lesson. The mob soon appeared to be growing more violent, and above the general din was heard an occasional invitation to the----Yankees to come out and be run up to lamp-posts. At this time Mr. Soule suggested to me that it would save much trouble to all concerned if I would take my party in a carriage from the rear exit of the hall, the mayor's secretary, Mr. Marion Baker, going with us, while he addressed the mob. He did not hope to have the mob obey him, he only expected to hold it long enough to give us time to get to the landing; and he accomplished his undertaking admirably. Few people ever knew what an important service Mr. Soule thus rendered to New Orleans. Farragut fully approved my action. I was not expected to bring a satisfactory answer from the mayor, for he was really helpless and had no control over the city. All he could say was, Co