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le emptied the partnership's pocket-flask, and then slept peacefully until we reached the Cradle of the Confederacy. Montgomery, like Rome, sits on seven hills. The city is picturesque in perch upon bold, high bluffs, which, on the city side, cutf the South set forever, and her remnant of warriors sadly draped that conquered banner. On the whole, the effect of Montgomery upon the newly arrived was rather pleasing, with a something rather provincial, quite in keeping with its location inla The latter was political headquarters-the President, the Cabinet and a swarm of the possible great residing there. Montgomery was Washington over again; only on a smaller scale, and with the avidity and agility in pursuit of the spoils somewhat er's milk, should talk thus, puzzled those who paused to query if they really meant what they said. Up to this time Montgomery had been scarcely more than a great inland village; dividing her local importance between being the capital of Alabama,
the news that some of the troops were to go to a field promising active service and speedily at that. The routine of camp life had already begun to pall upon the better class of men, and all were equally anxious to go where they could prove more clearly how ready they were to do their devoir. Some Alabamians, two Georgia regiments, the Chasseurs-d-pied, the Tigers and the Zouaves were to go to Virginia; and through the courtesy of the officers of the latter corps, we got seats to Montgomery in their car; two days later. Meantime, all was hum and bustle through the whole camp, and as the limited rolling stock on the still unfinished railroad could only accommodate a regiment at a time, they left at all hours of the day, or night, that the trains arrived. Constantly at midnight the dull tramp of marching men and the slow tap of the drum, passing our quarters, roused us from sleep; and whatever the hour, the departing troops were escorted to the station by crowds of half-en
Chapter 10: en route for the border. Decision to move the Capital Lax precautions the New York Tribune dispatch Montgomery murmurs troops en route, and their feelings the Government on wheels Kingsville misnomer Profanity and diplomacy Grimes' brother-in-law with the C. S. Mail-bags. Very soon after their stateindications were that, before the summer was over, an active campaign on the soil of the Old Dominion would be in progress. About this time, a telegram from Montgomery appeared in the New York Tribune, which created as much comment at the South as at the North. It stated, in so many words, that the whole South was in motion; May, everything had been completed — the President and Cabinet left Montgomery — the fact, that had for some time been a real one, was formally consummated; and Montgomery became again the Capital of Alabama. I had nothing to keep me in town longer, so I started for a leisurely trip to Richmond. But man proposes; and in this
er, and such as were known, or found to possess it, were at once received on the footing of old friends. But on the whole, the sentiment of the city was not in favor of the run of the new comers. The leaders of society kept somewhat aloof, and the general population gave them the sidewalk. It was as though a stately and venerable charger, accustomed for years to graze in a comfortable pasture, were suddenly intruded on by an unsteady and vicious drove of bad manners and low degree. The thoroughbred can only condescend to turn away. Willing as they were to undergo anything for the cause, the Virginians could not have relished the savor of the new importations ; nor can one who knows the least of the very unclean nature of our national politics for a moment wonder. Montgomery had been a condensed and desiccated preparation of the Washington stew, highly flavored with the raciest vices. Richmond enjoyed the same mess, with perhaps an additional kernel or two of that garlic.
nd. For, had there been a large manufacturing population actively employed in the South, as there was in the North, the inflation of currency might have been temporarily concealed by its rapid passage from hand to hand. But with no such demand — with only the daily necessities of the household and of the person to relieve — the plethora of these promises to pay naturally resulted, first in sluggishness, then in a complete break-down of the whole system. Still, from the joyous days of Montgomery, and the triumphant ones after Manassas-through the doubtful pauses of the next winter and the dark days of New Orleans — on to the very Dies irae-there pervaded government and people a secure belief that the finances of the North would break down, and the war collapse for want of money! And so tenacious were people and rulers of this ingrained belief, that they cherished it, even while they saw the greenbacks of the Federal Government stand at 25 to 30 per cent. depreciation, while th<
rs of the Union. Mr. Mallory took charge of the Navy Department in March, 1861. At this time the question of iron-clads had attention of naval builders on both sides of the Atlantic; and deeming them indispensable to naval warfare, the Secretary's first movement was a strong memoir to Congress, urging immediate and heavy appropriations for their construction at New Orleans and Mobile. With a treasury empty and immovably averse to anything like decisive action, the astute lawgivers of Montgomery hesitated and doubted. The most that could be forced from them were small appropriations for the fitting out of privateers. The first venture, the Sumter, was bought, equipped and put into commission at the end of April; and in the course of a few weeks she ran out of New Orleans, in command of Raphael Semmes, and the stars and bars were floating solitary, but defiant, over the seas. The history of her cruise, the terror she spread among the enemy's shipping, and the paralysis she se