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Lt.-Colonel Arthur J. Fremantle, Three Months in the Southern States, June, 1863. (search)
rt played the national airs, and a salute of twenty-one guns was fired, after which the entertainment provided was of a more solid description. 13th June, 1863 (Saturday). Colonel Rice, aid-de-camp to General Beauregard, rode with me to Secessionville this morning. I was mounted on the horse which the General rode at Manassas and Shiloh. We reached James Island by crossing the long wooden bridge which spans the river Ashley. The land of James Island is low and marshy, and is both by repute and in appearance most unhealthy. Three years ago no white men would have dreamed of occupying it at this time of year; but now that the necessity has arisen, the troops, curiously enough, do not appear to suffer. Secessionville, the most advanced and most important of the James Island fortifications, is distant by road eight miles from Charleston bridge, with which it is connected by a chain of forts. It was surprised by the enemy just a year ago (June, 1862), and was the scene of a