but after the surrender they ceased to be useful to the Confederacy.
In a forest a mighty tree, girdled by the ax of the woodman, sways in its lordly top branches, totters, and plunges to the earth.
As it falls, it crushes smaller trees which rested under its proud shade.
Such was the fall of Vicksburg which, like that mighty tree, carried with it the fall of Port Hudson.
Atlanta, Ga. 1899.
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