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Vicksburg hangs on the side of a hill, whose name is poetical — the Sky Parlor.
On it thousands of people assembled to see the great sight when the Federal ships went by on the night of the 16th of April; at which time the houses of De Soto were kindled on the other side, lending a lurid background to the dark shadows of the boats, while the fire of the batteries made the river a mirror of flame!
But the Sky Parlor was reserved for other uses.
Its soil was light and friable, and ecks, which no soul survives, in the illustrated papers, by our special artist.
His coquetry with truth consisted in describing, as a mysterious and dreadful beacon that rose out of the earth at Vicksburg, the homely burning of some shanties in De Soto, which were set on fire to assist the aim of the artillery.
The scene was terrific, and, no wonder, took on it for this correspondent a supernatural expression.
But the war maps that were published were the greatest feats-quite distancing the