indeed nomadic, wandering wherever want drove or untutored inclination enticed them.
They had drifted into nooks and corners like debris into sloughs and eddies; and were very soon to be found in varied, ill-conditioned masses, all the way from Maryland to Mexico, and from the Gulf to the Ohio River.
An awful calamitous breaking — up of a thoroughly organized society; dark desolation lay in its wake.
It was not the negroes alone who were so thoroughly shaken up and driven hither and thitherls at home and abroad.
During the spring of 1863, many different groups and crowds of freedmen and refugees, regular and irregular, were located near the long and broken line of division between the armies of the North and South, ranging from Maryland to the Kansas border and along the coast from Norfolk, Va., to New Orleans, La. They were similar in character and condition to those already described.
Their virtues, their vices, their poverty, their sicknesses, their labors, their idleness,
Missouri and Arkansas18,73618,73672
Mississippi and Louisiana (part)50,75148,52559,2805211,41160
Maryland and Virginia (part)2,2825,0276,49713,806
By the table we see that we had in December, 1865, already under cultivation 161,331 acres; and that for the use of refugees and freedmen there werossession of the remainder too uncertain to be of material value.
Under Colonel Eaton's superintendence and management were 13,806 acres. Of this he placed under cultivation as contemplated in the law 2,282 acres, of which 1,300 acres were in Maryland.
Wheat, corn, and tobacco were the principal crops.
The tenure had already become too doubtful to warrant much allotment to individuals or the giving of leases of any considerable length.
Thus the provisions of the law were plainly thwarted b