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.