on detached service, separated from their commands, and had invited them to join his staff and to return with him to New Orleans.
He thus got together about twenty of them, who gratefully accepted his kind offer; and on the 1st of May, at 10.30 P. M., after making his adieus to those members of his general staff
whose route lay in a different direction, to General Johnston
, to his military household, and to many officers who had not yet left, he started, with his party, travelling sometimes by rail, sometimes on horseback, and sometimes even—for the few who had no horses—on foot.
felt the difficulty of procuring the necessary funds for defraying his own and his companions' expenses on the journey.
Except the silver coin
($1.15 each) which had been given to himself, his staff, and the troops, as already related, neither General Beauregard
nor those who accompanied him had any money in specie; and even Confederate notes, which had become altogether valueless, were scarce among them.
But one of General Beauregard
's aids, Lieutenant Chisolm
, who was seldom at a loss for resources in an emergency, proposed that a wagon should be procured and stocked with provisions and stores, such as tobacco, nails, yarn, twine, thread, and whatever else the people along their route were likely to be in need of, and that these articles should be used in lieu of money.
The suggestion was adopted; and as the quartermaster and the commissary of the post had received orders to distribute their supplies on hand to the several commands, the wagon was soon loaded as desired, and the plan of barter, when tried upon the journey, surpassed the most sanguine expectations.
The people on the way were happy to secure these useful commodities in return for what few provisions they could spare.
It is our duty to add that, however poor or helpless the people were, as soon as they learned that what they were asked to barter was needed by General Beauregard
and his staff, they almost invariably refused to accept any compensation whatever.
This was carried so far that General Beauregard
, although deeply touched by it, had to forbid his name being mentioned until the exchange had been entirely effected and the goods carried off.
To show the patriotism of the Southern
people—notably of the women—even at that hour, an incident may be mentioned which occurred just before General Beauregard
and his companions