's command and the rebels (then in possession of the town) was kept up for some time, when both retired in opposite directions.
That night the rebel cavalry again entered Port.
. The Major
was a second time offered a parole, which was again declined.
He.was very kindly attended by a confederate surgeon.
On the sixteenth ult., about daylight, from the open window of his room at the hotel, he heard a conversation between a rebel officer and a citizen, to the effect that about ten thousand rebels were concentrating at Port Gibson
for the purpose of capturing trains going from Grand Gulf
A large commissary train, to leave the following day, of which they had heard through spies, was a particular object in view.
Roused by this information, he got up, and guided by further information given by negroes who were preparing to flee themselves, he went through back gardens unobserved and reached the brush.
He crossed Bayou Pierre
on a log, and at last reached Grand Gulf
, eight miles distant. He was completely exhausted, and fainted on arriving there.
He gave information of the designs of the rebels and it was forwarded to General Grant
, thereby saving, probably, a most valuable train from the hands of the enemy.
has been warmly recommended by high officials of the army of the Tennessee and department of the Missouri to the President
, Generals Grant
, and half a dozen others of rank, bear testimony to the gallantry of his services, and unite in asking the Government
to recognize them by his advancement.
Rev. Mr. Breckinridge
, when taken to General Grant
's headquarters, had an interview with that officer, which resulted in the unconditional release of himself and sons.
Permission was also given him to return to Oakland
, take the female members of his family and remove them to Kentucky
, or to any place in the North
has never been a supporter of the rebellion, and he has remained South during the war wholly on account of his inability to get away with his family.