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Reminiscences of the Confederacy.
From the New Orleans, La., Picayune, October 27, 1907.
J. U. Payne, of New Orleans, La.—His devotion to, and sacrifices for, the Cause. By C. H. Coffin.
In the year 1892 I bought from Mr. J. U. Payne, of New Orleans, his summer home, Rosehart, Pass Christian, Miss.
It had been closed for some years.
The grounds were grown up with cane and weeds to a colossal height and were impenetrable.
The place fronts 250 feet on the Shell Beach Boulevard, from which a beach lot sloped down to the Gulf of Mexico.
From this lot a pier 1,080 feet long extended to the channels in the gulf.
At the end of it was an octagon house containing eight rooms, for tearooms and bathrooms, surrounded by a gallery.
About fifty yards beyond the bath-house was a dance platform in the lake.
In the olden times a negro band played on the platform.
In the evening the boats rowed up to the pier, which was lighted, and guests were received and entertained there.
The battle of Shiloh.
From the New Orleans, La., Picayune, Aug. 31, Sept. 7, 1902.
The first great battle of the Civil War—Undisciplined Confederate levies rout twice their Numbers— the opening day of an historic combat. By General Thomas Jordan, C. S. A.
Despite the minute precautions urged in the order for the day against all courses calculated to divulge to the enemy the approaching danger, there had immediately prior to the battle of Shiloh really been little circumspection on the part of the Confederate soldiery, one-third of whom were fresh levies, wholly raw and undisciplined.
Fires had been kindled, drums, too, were lustily beaten in a number of regiments, and scattering discharges of small arms had been kept up all night in most of the brigades, the men being apprehensive that otherwise the charges of their guns, possibly wet, would fail them when needed.
These, with other noises, ought to have betrayed to the Federal generals on the first line the presence in th