It is related of one of our scouts that when captured by the Federalists a few weeks ago and carried into the presence of the august McClellan
, with an obstinacy characteristic of the true Irishman
, he went into an argument as to the merits of the question of international lava and the treatment of prisoners as astutely as if he were a diplomatic agent; and that for more than two hours the Yankee General
was so fascinated by his original says of conversation, he detained him for the purpose of enjoying his novel presentation of Confederate ideas.
During his interview the jolly Irishman
wore a palmetto tree on his hat. One of the Aids of McClellan
, desiring to obtain it as a trophy, offered to give him ten dollars for it; but the gallant son of Erin replied that the palmetto was not for sale, and he would only give it by one who would receive it with proper appreciation.
Shortly afterwards, having escaped, the palmetto was presented to a Maryland lady as an acknowledgment of the blindness he had bestowed upon its honest owner.