New Orleans before the capture. George W. Cable, Co. 1, 4th Mississippi Cavalry.
The Confederate cruiser Sumter, Captain Semmes, leaving New Orleans, June 18, 1861.
from a sketch made at the time. In the spring of 1862, we boys of Race, Orange, Magazine, Camp, Constance, Annunciation, Prytania, and other streets had no game.
Nothing was in ; none of the old playground sports that commonly fill the school-boy's calendar.
We were even tired of drilling.
Not one of us between seven and seventeen but could beat the drum, knew every bugle-call, and could go through the manual of arms and the facings like a drill-sergeant.
We were blase old soldiers — military critics.
Who could tell us anything?
I recall but one trivial admission of ignorance on the part of any lad. On a certain day of grand review, when the city's entire defensive force was marching through Canal street, there came along, among the endless variety of good and bad uniforms, a stately body of tall, stalwart