New Orleans before the capture. George W. Cable, Co. 1, 4th Mississippi Cavalry.
The Confederate cruiser Sumter, Captain Semmes, leaving New Orleans, June 18, 1861.
from a sketch made at the time. In the spring of 1862, we boys of Race, Orange, Magazine, Camp, Constance, Annunciation, Prytania, and other streets had no game.
Nothing was in ; none of the old playground sports that commonly fill the school-boy's calendar.
We were even tired of drilling.
Not one of us between seven and seventeen but could beat the drum, knew every bugle-call, and could go through the manual of arms and the facings like a drill-sergeant.
We were blase old soldiers — military critics.
Who could tell us anything?
I recall but one trivial admission of ignorance on the part of any lad. On a certain day of grand review, when the city's entire defensive force was marching through Canal street, there came along, among the endless variety of good and bad uniforms, a stately body of tall, stalwart
McClellan organizing the grand Army. Philippe, Comte de Paris, Aide-de-Camp to General Mcclellan.
Provost guard, Washington. From a sketch made in 1862.No one has denied that McClellan was a marvelous organizer.
Every veteran of the Army of the Potomac will be able to recall that extraordinary time when the people of the North devoted all their native energy and spirit of initiative to the raising of enormous levies of future combatants and their military equipment, and when infantry baty ended the Trent affair to the satisfaction of the public, now recovered from its first attack of folly, the only obstacle to be feared — the danger of a maritime war — was finally removed.
Burnside embarked at New York, during the early days of 1862, with the little army that should seize Roanoke and march on the interior of North Carolina [see Vol.
I., p. 632]. The troops destined for the attack on New Orleans were sent to Ship Island in detail.
But an unusually severe winter followed.