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e with the grim destroyer, when he had once fairly clutched his hold. And in the crowded quarters, where the air was poison without the malaria, his footing was too sure for mortal to prevail against him. New Orleans was, at this time, divided into two distinct towns in one corporation — the French and American. In the one, the French language was spoken altogether for social and business purposes, and even in the courts. The theaters were French, the cafes innocent of English, and, as Hood says, the very children speak it. Many persons grow up in this quarter-or did in years back — who never, to their old age, crossed to the American town or spoke one word of English. In the society of the old town, one found a miniatureexact to the photograph — of Paris. It was jealously exclusive, and even the most petted beaux of the American quarter deemed it privilege to enter it. A stranger must come with letters of the most urgent kind before he could cross its threshold. All the eti<
ver Richmond. Half the gentle forms gliding noiselessly among the suffering were draped in black; and many a pale face was saddened with an anguish deeper than furrowed those resting on the coarse pillows around. The fight was won. The enemy that had for months flaunted his victorious flag in full sight of the Capitol was baffled and beaten. New glories had clustered round the flag of the South; new quarrels and doubts had been sent to the North. Lee, Jackson, Longstreet, the Hills and Hood had added fresh laurels to brows believed to have room for no leaf more. Almost every officer had proved himself worthy of the prayers of such women as the South owned — of that even higher glory of leading such troops as fought to defend them. But at what awful cost had all this been bought! The slaughter of their nearest and dearest had been terrific: women, the highest and lowliest, met by the cot of the sufferer; and, in the free masonry of love, tended the living and comforted eac
ching crescent that pours its ceaseless rain of fire through them; while the great guns behind its center thunder and roll In the very glee of war, sending death-winged bolts tearing and crushing through them. Through the carnival of death Hood has sent his Texans and Georgians at a run-their wild yells rending the dull roar of the fight; their bayonets flashing in a jagged line of light like hungry teeth! Jackson has swung gradually round the enemy's right; and Stephen Lee's artillery the gong-sounder, and the complete destruction of the new Onto-Richmond; the capture of over 7,000 prisoners-paroled on the field-and his admitted total loss of 28,000 men. New glories, too, shone around the names of Lee, Jackson, Longstreet, Hood, Kemper and Jenkins; and the efficient aid and splendid fighting of the cavalry of Stuart, Hampton and Bev Robinson, here proved that arm to have reached its point of highest efficiency. The heart of the South, still throbbing with triumph aft
out-generaled him and then laid himself open to destruction, while Bragg took no advantage of the situation. However this may be, we know that on the morning of the 19th September, 1863, the battle of Chickamauga was commenced by the enemy in a series of obstinate division engagements, rather than in a general battle; Bragg's object being to gain the Chattanooga road in the enemy's rear, and his to prevent it. The fighting was heavy, stubborn and fierce, and its brunt was borne by Walker, Hood and Cleburne. Night fell on an undecided field, where neither had advantage; and the enemy perhaps had suffered more heavily than we. All that night he worked hard to strengthen his position; and our attack — which was to have commenced just at dawn — was delayed from some misapprehension of orders. At length Breckinridge and Cleburne opened the fight,, and then it raged with desperate, bloody obstinacy, until late afternoon. At that time the Confederate right had been repulsed; but L
southern view public confidence in Johnston Hood relieves him how received by the people the athe back door opened at last! Mr. Davis visits Hood's army the truce and the chances on the rackransferred from his command and replaced by General Hood, on the 18th of July. People could not rable to their objection to his successor. General Hood had forced their highest admiration, and boous battle on the 28th day of July. In this Hood was less successful, losing heavily and gainingts of the fights at Atlanta were briefly these: Hood had broken the long and sagacious defensive could have expected. After the fights at Atlanta, Hood feared the cutting of his communications. He wch had in fact resulted from his threatening of Hood's flank-forced his superior numbers wedge-like There may have been causes operating on General Hood that were not known to the people; for the he had given up that city. Even later-when General Hood published his report of the Atlanta campaig[1 more...]
tude Mr. Stephens' failure at Fortress Monroe Hood's fatal move results of Franklin strange gayehe fall wore into winter; and the news from General Hood's lines only added to the gloom. After theuce of ten days, following the fall of Atlanta, Hood had moved around and gotten almost in Sherman'sastonishment and great the disappointment, when Hood moved rapidly to Dalton and thence into Alabamaagacity was to bear its fruits; he had been in Hood's camp and had of course planned this campaign-essed down, Marching throa Georgia. Meantime Hood, with no more serious opposition than an occasie, until it seemed as if his intent was to draw Hood further and further away from the real point of losses of Franklin; ill-supplied and half-fed, Hood's army was compelled to rely upon the enemy's we, so furiously as to break it at every point. Hood's defeat was complete; he lost his whole artillrought them once more into temporary safety-General Hood issued a farewell order, stating that he wa