e Virginian, who was commanding officer of the troops here.
He told me a great deal about the Texan history, the Jesuit missions, and the Louisiana purchase, &c.; and he alarmed me by doubting whether I should be able to cross the Mississippi if Banks had taken Alexandria.
I also made the acquaintance of Major Minter, another Virginian, who told me he had served in the 2d cavalry in the old United States army.
The following officers in the Confederate army were in the same regiment-viz.,
We left it at 8 P. M. in another coach with six horses-big, strong animals.
The roads being all natural ones, were much injured by the rains.
We were all rather disgusted by the bad news we heard at Gonzales of the continued advance of Banks, and of the probable fall of Alexandria.
The squeezing was really quite awful, but I did not suffer so much as the fat or long-legged ones.
They all bore their trials in the most jovial goodhumored manner.
My fat vis-a-vis (in despair) c
y were very well dressed.
Six deserters from Banks' army arrived here to-day.
Banks seems to be Banks seems to be advancing steadily, and overcoming the opposition offered by the handful of Confederates in the Teche country.
Banks himself is much despised as a soldier, and is always called by the Confederates Mr. Commissary Banks, on account of the efficient manner in which he performed the duties of that's regiment embark for Niblitt's Bluff to meet Banks.
This corps is now dismounted cavalry, and thwent much chaff.
They were en route to resist Banks.
6th may, 1863 (Wednesday).
We left all ir plantations in Louisiana on the approach of Banks.
One of them had as many as sixty slaves withh negroes, who are being run into Texas out of Banks' way. We must have met hundreds of them, and m, which was on its march from Arkansas to meet Banks.
The division had embarked in steamers, and hnded men, who had been captured and paroled by Banks, in Louisiana; they confirmed every thing abou[1 more...]
foreshoes, showed signs of great fatigue, but we struggled into Winchester at 5 P. M., where I was fortunate enough to procure shoes for the horse, and, by Lawley's introduction, admirable quarters for both of us at the house of the hospitable Mrs.--, with whom he had lodged seven months before, and who was charmed to see him. Her two nieces, who are as agreeable as they are good-looking, gave us a miserable picture of the three captivities they have experienced under the Federal commanders, Banks, Shields, and Milroy.
The unfortunate town of Winchester seems to have been made a regular shuttlecock of by the contending armies.
Stonewall Jackson rescued it once, and last Sunday week his successor, General Ewell, drove out Milroy.
The name of Milroy is always associated with that of Butler, and his rule in Winchester seems to have been somewhat similar to that of his illustrious rival in New Orleans.
Should either of these two individuals fall alive into the hands of the Confede
,--they contemplate and prepare to receive greater reverses which it is impossible to avert.
They look to a successful termination of the war as certain, although few are sanguine enough to fix a speedy date for it, and nearly all bargain for its lasting at least all Lincoln's presidency.
Although I have always been with the Confederates in the time of their misfortunes, yet I never heard any person use a desponding word as to the result of the struggle.
When I was in Texas and Louisiana, Banks seemed to be carrying every thing before him, Grant was doing the same in Mississippi, and I certainly did not bring luck to my friends at Gettysburg.
I have lived in bivouacs with all the Southern armies, which are as distinct from one another as the British is from the Austrian, and I have never once seen an instance of insubordination.
When I got back to Hagerstown, I endeavored to make arrangements for a horse and buggy to drive through the lines.
With immense difficulty I secured