) has an interesting latter written by one of the prisoners at New Orleans who were recently exchanged and sent up the river.
The writer says that the day they left the Crescent City
(22d of February) a company of infantry was ordered to charge with fleed bayonets on the thousands of woman and children who were gathered to see them leave:
Two women, he continues, were wounded by the gallant New Englanders, one of them seriously; but many a brave girl seized the bayonet with one feeble arm and fear easily stood her ground, while with the other she waited us her blessings and adieus.
Tots command was given by a ferocious looking Hessian Major
, who spoke broken English
, and subsequently sent for a battery of light artillery to complete the work of depression by trampling the refractory "she adders" under the horses.
The 20th of February was a glorious day for accession in New Orleans.
must have been amazed and delighted at the display of "Union sentiment" among her citizens.
it showed him that, after sending her thousands and fens of thousands of brave men to fight in our holy cause, her women, undaunted by the power of the oppressor, and scorning the luxury and wealth which needed but the worthless "bath," to be thrown at their feet, were at and constant in their hour of trial and distress as when the fields of Manassas
and full Run bore the fresh footpilats of the thousand Yankees.
All the late reinforcements to Gen. Banks
are Hessians or P They are arrange as to the English
tongue and the commands are given in broad Dutch
The men are generally good looking and evidently recruits and deserters from the Houses
Duchies, Netherlands, Prussia
other German States.
They have been recruited with bails of cotton farms in working order in Texas
and the spoils of Southern homesteads.
How startling will prove their real welcome when these pandoras and these fierce shall meet the grim rangers of the Team prairies