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 office for Stonewall Jackson in Virginia.
The officer who is supposed really to command the advancing Federals, is Weitzel; and he is acknowledged by all here to be an able man, a good soldier, and well acquainted with the country in which he is manoeuvring.
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23d may, 1863 (Saturday).
General Johnston, Major Eustis, and myself, left Canton at 6 A. M. on a locomotive for Jackson.
On the way we talked a good deal about Stonewall Jackson.
General Johnston said that although this extraordinary man did not possess any great qualifications as a strategist, and was perhaps unfit for the independent command of a large army; yet he was gifted with wonderful courage and deter
e has changed hands continually, and was visited by the Federals only a few days previous to Ewell's rapid advance ten days ago.
After immense trouble we procured a feed of corn for the horses, and, to Mr. Norris's astonishment, I was impudent enough to get food for ourselves by appealing to the kind feelings of two good-looking female citizens of Front Royal, who, during our supper, entertained us by stories of the manner they annoyed the Northern soldiers by disagreeable allusions to Stonewall Jackson.
We started again at 6.30, and crossed two branches of the Shenandoah river, a broad and rapid stream.
Both the railway and carriage bridges having been destroyed, we had to ford it; and as the water was deep, we were only just able to accomplish the passage.
The soldiers, of whom there were a number with us, took off their trousers, and held their rifles and ammunition above their heads.
Soon afterwards our horses became very leg-weary; for although the weather had been coo
Longstreet's corps d'armee. He is a big man, ci-devant auctioneer in New Orleans, and I understand he pines to return to his hammer.
Soon after starting we got into a pass in the South Mountain, a continuation, I believe, of the Blue Ridge range, which is broken by the Potomac at Harper's Ferry.
The scenery through the pass is very fine.
The first troops, alongside of whom we rode, belonged to Johnson's division of Ewell's corps.
Among them I saw, for the first time, the celebrated Stonewall Brigade, formerly commanded by Jackson.
In appearance the men differ little from other Confederate soldiers, except, perhaps, that the brigade contains more elderly men and fewer boys.
All (except, I think, one regiment) are Virginians.
As they have nearly always been on detached duty, few of them knew General Longstreet, except by reputation.
Numbers of them asked me whether the General in front was Longstreet; and when I answered in the affirmative, many would run on a hundred yards