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Before the return of the army from Grand Ecore, Judge Elgee went to New Orleans, leaving his family behind, expecting to return. He was not able to do so before the evacuation of Alexandria. Judge Elgee is one of the most accomplished and able men of the South. A lawyer by profession, he occupied a prominent position, both politically and socially, and had immense influence. So great stress was placed upon his taking the oath that one of our bands serenaded him at his residence, and General Grover and General Banks honored him in every way possible. During my stay in Alexandria, I had occasion to call upon the Judge at his residence, and at his office — which were both in the same building — on business. His law and literary library occupied three large rooms — being as fine a collection of books as I ever saw. His residence was richly and tastefully furnished — a single painting cost twelve hundred dollars. In his absence, the Government he had sworn to support, and which had