and immunity from harm for herself and property.
Whereupon she invited the gallant officer and his staff to walk into the elegant parlors of this old Virginia
mansion with twenty-six rooms, and built at a cost of $64,000. Mrs. Seddon
ordered Uncle Charles to bring from the cellar some blackberry wine
of the vintage of 1844, and quickly a hostile invader was converted into an amiable guest, whose brain was soon exhilarated with the sparkling wine, and his manly soul captivated by the gracious diplomacy and finesse of his father's quondam sweetheart.
It was by this device and strategy that Mrs. Seddon
detained Colonel Dahlgren
about the length of time required by General Wise
and Mr. Hobson
to speed to Richmond
and notify her husband of the great peril to the young nation's capital, for she was advised of their flight to Richmond
Thus, it was late that evening when young Dahlgren
reached the beleagured forts around Richmond