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Loyal colored man.

Among the prisoners who had been a good while in the place was an old colored man, who had been captured and held as a prisoner. I understood he had been cook at one time at the Bollingbrook Hotel and noted as a good caterer. I forgot his name. Being thoroughly attached to the people among whom Bollingbrook Hotel and noted as a good caterer. His name was Dick Poplar. Being thoroughly attached to the people among whom he was raised, and being a hardened dyed-in-the-wool rebel, he obstinately refused to take the oath of allegiance to the Federal Government. It was a curious sight to see this old man preferring to suffer the pain of imprisonment rather than to accept his freedom at the hands of those who were fighting for his deliverance.

He was a good hand at making corn bread, and being furnished by the sutlers with some fine white Southern corn meal, he used to make some, which he sold at five cents a pone, and in that way he added much to his material comforts. [21]

He occupied a small house built of cracker-box boards. In front of his doorway he had a table built of the same material, on which he exposed his various wares for sale, such as pieces of tobacco, cornbread pones, with maybe a pipe or two, ornaments and bric-a-brac made of bone—arranged to make the best show possible under his limitations, just as a shopkeeper in Vanity Fair would arrange his goods in his shop window—to catch the eye and deplete the pocket of the unwary passerby. Many a pone I did purchase, finding it an agreeable change from baker's bread. Many of the prisoners realized goodly sums of money from the Federal officers in making chessman, rings, breastpins and other articles, out of wood, pieces of bone, and mother-of-pearl.

In about ten days we received an addition to our company of some more Petersburg men—among them, Mr. William B. Egerton, taken prisoner in the attack made upon our line a week after, following the affair of the 9th of June. From these prisoners we learned the full particulars of the results of the fight on the 9th of June, and how the city had been saved by Captain Graham's battery and General Dearing's cavalry reaching the heights in time to check General Kautz's advance, and how the city had been stirred up by the deaths of the patriot citizens who had fallen that day in its defence.

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