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ature into the scene. The Confederate flag was flying from the Satellite, and from some old bunting on board, the officers of the Reliance improvised a small flag of the new pattern — the white ground with battle-flag union. Our advance caused considerable excitement on the route: the people did not know what to make of it. Some stared in mute astonishment, others thought it a trick of the Yankees, others again greeted us with enthusiastic cheers. The sun went down just as we entered Port Tobacco bay, its soft light lingering for a time upon the hazy hillsides. The picture that was then presented us was beautiful beyond description, and will linger long in some niche of the mind where memory shall hang it. A short run from here brought us to Port Royal. There some of our troops were stationed, with a battery of artillery. We were hailed from the banks and warned not to surprise it for fear of receiving a few shots before our character could be made known. A boat was therefo