of aspect,—and a lesser number of city men of jauntier appearance.
The major part were common-looking, evidently of the poorer class of Southerners, with a sprinkling of foreigners,—principally Germans and Irish
Hardly any two were dressed alike.
There were suits of blue jeans, homespuns, of butternut, and a few in costumes of gray more or less trimmed.
Upon their heads were all sorts of coverings,—straw and slouch hats, and forage caps of gray, blue, or red, decorated with braid.
Cavalry boots, shoes, and bootees in all stages of wear were on their feet.
Their effects were wrapped in rubber sheets, pieces of carpet, or parts of quilts and comforts.
Some had hand-sacks of ancient make.
Haversacks of waterproof cloth or cotton hung from their shoulders.
Their physical condition was good; but they made a poor showing for chosen leaders of the enemy.
It did seem that men of their evident mental and intellectual calibre—with some exceptions—might be supporters of any cause, however wild or hopeless.
They were of all grades, from colonels down in rank.
At the camp the prisoners were divided into eight detachments, with a non-commissioned officer of the Fifty-fourth, detailed from the guard, in charge of each, as warden.
Clean straw was provided for the tents, and a good blanket, given each officer.
The regulations, so far as they related to the prisoners, were read to them.
Our six companies of the Fifty-fourth were formed into three reliefs; namely, A and H, D and G, and E and K, each relief furnishing one hundred men, with proper officers, for duty at the stockade from 6 P. M. until the same hour the following day. When relieved, the detachment went into Wagner
for the succeeding night, returning to camp the next morning.
At the gate of the stockade was posted a