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Lt.-Colonel Arthur J. Fremantle, Three Months in the Southern States, May, 1863. (search)
ith sound limbs, and only five hours late. We left for Mobile at 9 A. M., and arrived there at 7.15 P. M. This part of tven to the Yankees. I put up at the principal hotel at Mobile — viz., the Battlehouse. The living appeared to be very gmay, 1863 (Monday). I was disappointed in the aspect of Mobile. It is a regular rectangular American city, built on a sanutive Virginian, and had only just assumed the command at Mobile. He was very civil, and took me in a steamer to see thhe engineer, and we were six hours visiting the forts. Mobile is situated at the head of a bay thirty miles long. The btwo iron-clad floatingbatteries. The Confederate fleet at Mobile is considerable, and reflects great credit upon the energytes. Great numbers of women and children are arriving at Mobile every day; they are in a destitute condition, and they addwas a true one. Blockade-running goes on very regularly at Mobile; the steamers nearly always succeed, but the schooners ar
Lt.-Colonel Arthur J. Fremantle, Three Months in the Southern States, Postscript. (search)
, and I think they rendered justice to my wish to explain to them without exaggeration the state of feeling amongst their enemies. Although these Northerners belonged to quite the upper classes, and were not likely to be led blindly by the absurd nonsense of the sensation press at New York, yet their ignorance of the state of the case in the South was very great. The recent successes had given them the impression that the last card of the South was played. Charleston was about to fall; Mobile, Savannah, and Wilmington would quickly follow; Lee's army they thought, was a disheartened, disorganized mob; Bragg's army in a still worse condition, fleeing before Rosecrans, who would carry every thing before him. They felt confident that the fall of the Mississippian fortresses would prevent communication from one bank to the other, and that the great river would soon be open to peaceful commerce. All these illusions have since been dispelled, but they probably still cling to the i