long before the siege.
Some of their unassigned officers — I well recollect one named Parker
— may still have been there.
In the main, nay, almost without exception, during the five days occupied by the paroling of the garrison, the Federal
army of possession conducted itself in an exemplary manner.
The men who had leave to go over the city expressed the greatest curiosity as to the caves and other objects of interest, and were mad to lay hands on relics.
The wall-paper copies of the Citizen
were in great demand.
A general officer, who, I think, was Grant
, accompanied by a full suite, some of whom were full of other exhilerations than success, went up to the cupola of the court-house, and when they came back, the staff were vociferously chanting the “Star Spangled Banner,” and brandishing as a trophy an old signal flag that had been carelessly left there.
I well remember the silent general in the midst of them, who must
have been Grant
During all this time I heard but two phrases of offense to the Confederates
, and one of these offenders was a drunken newsboy, selling copies of Harper's weekly
, whose front page was garnished with a picture of Beall
The other, an officer, walking up the iron stairway of the court-house, and, noticing the name of the Cincinnati
maker moulded on it, damned the impudence of the people who thought they could whip the United States
when they couldn't even make their own staircases.
The paroling of the men in duplicate was rapidly effected by means of printed forms and a full staff of clerks, who filled in the names and commands of the soldiers and officers.
One of these duplicates was retained by the prisoner, the other for the government by the paroling officials.
The examination of knapsacks made on the lines was carelessly done, and with many apologies, by officers who seemed to be ashamed of the service.
During the five days full rations had been issued by the commissaries of General Grant
to the whole garrison, sick and well, the whole amounting to thirty-one thousand people, of whom but eighteen thousand were effective.
They consisted mainly of hard-tack and rich Western bacon; and many a Confederate can say, on the conscience of his stomach, that he never ate anything that tasted better.
The armies parted with mutual good will, as is the case with foemen who are worthy of each others' steel.
But the discontent of the disarmed captives began to gather volume, and to speak in no bated breath, very soon after the lines were passed.
The march, owing to the feeble state of the men, was very painful and tedious.
was left to the north, and the column's first sight of streets