within a hundred miles, our dramatic company was organized from among the officers, who took both male and female characters.
In farce and comedy we did well enough, and soon collected funds to pay for the building and incidental expenses.
The house was filled every night.
General Worth always encouraging us, General Taylor sometimes, and General Twiggs occasionally, we found ourselves in funds sufficient to send over to New Orleans for costumes, and concluded to try tragedy.
The Moor of Venice was chosen, Lieutenant Theoderic Porter
Brother of the rear-admiral. to be the Moor, and Lieutenant U. S. Grant to be the daughter of Brabantio.
But after rehearsal Porter protested that male heroines could not support the character nor give sentiment to the hero, so we sent over to New Orleans and secured Mrs. Hart, who was popular with the garrisons in Florida.
Then all went well, and life through the winter was gay.
Formal diplomatic relations between the republics were suspended,