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Virginia (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
there are two more of them, which I did not see. In the afternoon I saw many negroes and negresses parading about in their Sunday clothes-silks and crinolines-much smarter than their mistresses. At 5 P. M. I dined with Colonel Bankhead, who gave an entertainment, which in these hard times must have cost a mint of money. About fourteen of the principal officers were invited; one of them was Captain Mason (cousin to the London commissioner), who had served under Stonewall Jackson in Virginia. He said that officer was by no means popular at first. I spent a very agreeable evening, and heard many anecdotes of the war. One of the officers sang the abolition song, John Brown, together with its parody, I'm bound to be a soldier in the army of the South, a Confederate marching song, and another parody, which is a Yankee marching song, We'll hang Jeff Davis on a sour-apple tree. Whenever I have dined with Confederate officers, they have nearly always proposed the Queen's health, a
Perryville (Kentucky, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
ve nearly always proposed the Queen's health, and never failed to pass the highest eulogiums upon her majesty. 27th April, 1863 (Monday). -Colonel Bankhead has given me letters of introduction to General Bragg, to General Leonidas Polk, and several others. At 2 P. M. I called on Mrs. Bankhead to say goodby. She told me that her husband had two brothers in the Northern service-one in the army and the other in the navy. The two army brothers were both in the battles of Shiloh and Perryville, on opposite sides. The naval Bankhead commanded the Monitor when she sank. ... introduced me to a German militia general in a beer-house this afternoon. These two had a slight dispute, as the latter spoke strongly in disapproval of secret or night lynching. The recent escapade of Captain Penaloso seems to have been much condemned in San Antonio. This individual (formerly a butcher) hanged one of his soldiers a short time ago, on his own responsibility, for desertion and stealing a
Fort Taylor (Texas, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
med Mongomery, they had left on the road to Brownsville; by the smiles of the other officers, I couded that his boys meant well. We reached Brownsville at 5.30 P. M., and Mr. Ituria kindly insisters, and I slept at Mr. Ituria's again. Brownsville is a straggling town of about 3,000 inhabitby four gay mules. At noon I crossed to Brownsville, and visited Captain Lynch, a quartermasterColonel Luckett declared I should not leave Brownsville until General Magruder arrives. He is expehonor to British officers, they would scour Brownsville for the materials for cocktails. At 3 Prow, it is invariably caused by Texans from Brownsville. These turbulent spirits are at once seize the deep sand. The country, on leaving Brownsville, is quite flat, the road, a natural one, sa and become a citizen. The distance from Brownsville to San Antonio is 330 miles, and we have bey share of the expenses of the journey from Brownsville. Mrs. McCarthy was thrown into a great sta[20 more...]
Puebla (Puebla, Mexico) (search for this): chapter 3
a German, but had served in the French army; and he prepared cocktailsin the most scientific manner. I returned to Matamoros at 2.30 P. M. Captain Hancock and Mr. Anderson (the paymaster) arrived from Bagdad in a most miserable vehicle, at 4 P. M. They were a mass of dust, and had been seven hours on the road, after having been very nearly capsized on the bar. There was a great firing of guns and squibs in the afternoon, in consequence of the news of a total defeat of the French at Puebla, with a loss of 8,000 prisoners and 70 pieces of cannon. Don Pablo, who had innocently hoisted his British flag in honor of Captain Hancock, was accused by his brother merchants of making a demonstration against the French. After dinner we called on Mr. Maloney, whose house is gorgeously furnished, and who has a pretty wife. 7th April, 1863 (Tuesday). Mr. Maloney sent us his carriage to conduct Captain Hancock, Mr. Anderson, and myself to Brownsville. We first called on Col
Charleston (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
re Renshaw, with a message that, unless the firing was stopped, he would massacREE the captured crew. After hearing this, Commodore Renshaw blew up his ship, with himself in her, after having given an order to the remainder, sauve qui peut. 13th April, 1863 (Monday). I breakfasted with General Bee, and took leave of all my Brownsville friends. McCarthy is to give me four times the value of my gold in Confederate notes. The value of Confederate paper has since decreased. At Charleston I was offered six to one for my gold, and at Richmond eight to one. We left Brownsville for San Antonio at 11 A. M. Our vehicle was a roomy, but rather overloaded, fourwheel carriage, with a canvas roof, and four mules. Besides McCarthy, there was a third passenger, in the shape of a young merchant of the Hebrew persuasion. Two horses were to join us, to help us through the deep sand. The country, on leaving Brownsville, is quite flat, the road, a natural one, sandy and very dust
New Jersey (New Jersey, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
ship in a heavy sea, and the escapes of a capsize were almost miraculous. It is said that at the end of a Texan journey the question asked is not, Have you been upset but, How many times have you been upset? The value of the negroes working in the fields was constantly appraised by my fellow-travellers; and it appeared that, in Texas, an able-bodied male fetched $2500, whilst a well-skilled seamstress was worth $3500. Two of my companions served through the late severe campaign in New Mexico, but they considered forty-eight hours in a closely-packed stage a greater hardship than any of their military experiences. We passed many cotton-fields and beautiful Indian corn, but much of the latter had been damaged by the hail. I was told that one-third of the land formerly devoted to cotton is still sown with that article, the remainder being corn, &c. It is only in Texas that so much cotton is still grown. We also passed through some very pretty country, full of fine
Rio Bravo (Texas, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
April, 1863. 1st, 1863. Anchored at 8.30 P. M., three miles from the mouth of the Rio Grande, or Rio Bravo del Norte, which is, I believe, its more correct name, in the midst of about seventy merchant vessels. 2d April, 1863. The Texan and I left the Immortalite, in her cutter, at 10 A. M., and crossed the bar in fine style. The cutter was steered by Mr. Johnston, the master, and having a fair wind, we passed in like a flash of lightning, and landed at the miserable village of Bagdad, on the Mexican bank of the Rio Grande. The bar was luckily in capital order-3 1/2 feet of water, and smooth. It is often impassable for ten or twelve days together: the depth of water varying from 2 to 5 feet. It is very dangerous, from the heavy surf and under-current; sharks also abound. Boats are frequently capsized in crossing it, and the Orlando lost a man on it about a month ago. Seventy vessels are constantly at anchor outside the bar; their cotton cargoes being brought to
El Paso (Texas, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
d to me that he was a senator, or member of the Upper House of Texas-just like your House of Lords, he said. He gets $5 a day whilst sitting, and is elected for four years. I was afterwards told that the Judge's term of service had expired. El Paso was his district. We struck water at 8.30 A. M., and bought a lamb for a dollar. We also bought some beef, which in this country is dried in strips by the sun, after being cut off the bullock, and it keeps good for any length of time. To cwe reached an open, undulating prairie, and halted at 10.30. Mr. Sargent and I killed and cooked the two chickens. He has done me the honor to call me a right good companion for the road. He also told me that at one time he kept an hotel at El Paso — a sort of half-way house on the overland route to Californiaand was rapidly making his fortune when the war totally ruined him. This accounts for his animosity to Uncle Abe. General Longstreet remembered both Sargent and the Judge perfectl
Harrisburg, Pa. (Pennsylvania, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
econd incline. But even in Texas this method of crossing a river is considered rather unsafe. After crossing the river in this manner, the rail traverses some very fertile land, part of which forms the estate of the late Colonel Terry. There are more than two hundred negroes on the plantation. Some of the fields were planted with cotton and Indian corn mixed, three rows of the former between two of the latter. I saw also fields of cotton and sugar mixed. We changed carriages at Harrisburg, and I completed my journey to Houston on a cotton truck. The country near Houston is very pretty, and is studded with white wooden villas, which are raised off the ground on blocks like haystacks. I reached Houston at 4.30 P. M., and drove to the Fannin House hotel. Houston is a much better place than I expected. The main street can boast of many well-built brick and iron houses. It was very full, as it now contained all the refugees from the deserted town of Galveston. Aft
San Luis Potosi (San Luis Potosi, Mexico) (search for this): chapter 3
dances. 5th April, 1863 (Sunday). Mr. Zorn, or Don Pablo as he is called here, Her Majesty's acting Vice-Consul, is a quaint and most good-natured little man — a Prussian by birth. He is overwhelmed by the sudden importance he has acquired from his office, and by the amount of work (for which he gets no pay) entailed by it,--the office of British Consul having been a comparative sinecure before the war. Mr. Behnsen is head of the firm. The principal place of business is at San Luis Potosi,a considerable city in the interior of Mexico. All these foreign merchants complain bitterly of the persecutions and extortion they have to endure from the Government, which are, doubtless, most annoying; but nevertheless they appear to fatten on the Mexican soil. I crossed to Brownsville to see General Bee, but he had not returned from Boca del Rio, I dined with Mr. Oetling. We were about fourteen at dinner, principally Germans, a very merry party. Mr. Oetling is supposed to hav
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