guards were stationed to take our haversacks, canteens and other property yet remaining, but we soon saw the game and sent over a few empty handed, who, coming down the shore, took charge of the traps we threw to them.
By this flank movement we saved our property.
We remained on the island that day. No rations were issued and we began to realize our position.
We were among a new race of people and saw the beauties of an inflated currency.
On our side of the line the New York Herald (double sheet) sold for five cents; on this side the “Richmond Examiner,” a little, dirty paper, was one dollar,--everything in the same proportion.
Every few minutes a large, lank, lantern-jawed rebel would come up, look us over, and ask about the only question they had on hand: “What did you uns come down here to fight we uns for?”
It mattered little what the answer was, he would pass on if he did not find any plunder and ask the same question of the next group.
The captain of our guard was a spruce little chap and wanted his boots shined; but the so-called Confederacy was out of boot-blacking, so he sent one of his men to us for that article.
After asking several and receiving various answers he called to his officer, “Captain
, they all don't tote it.”
About three o'clock on the morning of the 24th we were ordered to fall in and were marched through the city to the depot, packed in the cars, and were “on to Richmond
,” where we arrived about noon.
We were given a rousing reception.
Men, women and children thronged the streets and were sure they had captured the entire Union army.
They said, “Right smart lot of you all this time, I reckon.”
The men swore, the women spit at us, the children joined in the general cry. Just before we turned down Carey Street