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Lt.-Colonel Arthur J. Fremantle, Three Months in the Southern States, June, 1863. (search)
y halfway between Petersburgh and Richmond on its way to garrison the latter place, as the Yankees are reported to be menacing in that neighborhood. The scenery near Richmond is very pretty, and rather English-looking. The view of the James River from the railway bridge is quite beautiful, though the water is rather low at present. The weather was extremely hot and oppressive, and, for the first time since I left Havana, I really suffered from the heat. At 10 A. M., I called on General Cooper, Adjutantgeneral to the Confederate forces, and senior general in the army. He is brother-in-law to Mr. Mason, the Southern Commissioner in London. I then called upon Mr. Benjamin, the Secretary of State, who made an appointment with me to meet him at his house at 7 P. M. The public offices are handsome stone buildings, and seem to be well arranged for business. I found at least as much difficulty in gaining access to the great men as there would be in European countries; but when onc