Hole, whence he expected to come out again only ‘as a corpse,’ as he had been threatened; but, to his amazement, he was released a few hours after and returned to his mess.
The cartel for a general exchange of prisoners was soon thereafter effected, but Blanchard
was destined for another exploit before taking leave of Camp Douglas
Through the instrumentality of some of the Federal
officers who had taken quite a fancy to him, he was employed to do clerical work at headquarters regarding the exchange of prisoners.
At this time, through the kindness of sympathizers in Chicago
, he was enabled to dress in first-class citizens' clothes, in which garb he was not recognized as ‘a rebel’ by the mass of prisoners.
It happened that whilst alone in the office he was accosted by a ragged prisoner, who, mistaking Blanchard
for some Federal officer, stated that he wanted to take the oath.
questioned him as to his name, command, etc., and finally asked him why he had joined the Confederate army.
The soldier replied that he had been forced into the service.
As the regiment to which he belonged was among the first volunteers, Blanchard
knew that this statement was false, and, springing from his seat he sent the soldier sprawling out of the room into the hallway, and as the astounded prisoner started to rise he was assisted by a vigorous kick which sent him headlong out of the halldoor into the arms of a Federal officer who was just entering.
It is needless to say that for this well-merited chastisement of a renegade Blanchard
once more visited the White Oak
, whence he emerged only to be sent South.
The writer had no personal knowledge of Blanchard
's military career after the exchange, as the latter received a commission in the Provisional army on his arrival at Vicksburg
, and was ordered to the army of Tennessee.
In 1864, however, we heard of him as Inspector-General
on the staff of Major-General Cheatham
, during the Georgia
campaign, being severely wounded at Kennesaw Mountain
He was undoubtedly the youngest officer holding so high a position in the Confederate army.
's defeat at Nashville
he was ordered on detached service on the Mississippi river
, where the writer met him once more, and remained with his command until his surrender at Jackson, Miss.
, in May, 1865.
He is now living in New Orleans, as retired and quiet in civil life as he was dashing and enthusiastic in war.
W. G. K.