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Lt.-Colonel Arthur J. Fremantle, Three Months in the Southern States, May, 1863. (search)
nd Port Hudson, the passage can only be made by a tedious journey in small boats through the swamps and bayous. Our party left Trinity at 6 A. M. in one big yawl and three skiffs. In my skiff were eight persons, besides a negro oarsman named Tucker. We had to take it in turns to row with this worthy, and I soon discovered to my cost the inconvenience of sitting in close proximity with a perspiring darkie. This negro was a very powerful man, very vain and susceptible of flattery. I won hion; the carriage and the three horses belong to him, and he drives it for his own profit; but he is, nevertheless a slave, and pays his owner $4$ a-week to be allowed to work on his own account. He was quite as vain as and even more amusing than Tucker. He said he didn't want to see no Yanks, nor to be no freer than he is ; and he thought the war had already lasted four or five years. Every traveller we met on the road was eagerly asked the questions, Are the Yanks in Brookhaven? Is the r
Lt.-Colonel Arthur J. Fremantle, Three Months in the Southern States, June, 1863. (search)
Robertson's, at the corner of Rutledge-street, and met Captain Tucker of the navy there. He is a very good fellow, and a perism. At twelve o'clock I called by appointment on Captain Tucker, on board the Chicora. I have omitted a description is moored alongside a wharf, on which her crew live. Captain Tucker expressed great confidence in his vessel during calm w not for certain reasons which he explained to me. Captain Tucker expects great results from certain newly-invented submadies, who were extremely pretty, General Beauregard, Captain Tucker of the Chicora, and Major Norris, the chief of the secd with the communicating wire. General Beauregard and Captain Tucker both seemed to expect great things from a newly inven Patrick Henry, which, under the command of my friend Captain Tucker, figured in the memorable Merrimac attack. There was ily removed from the Yorktown, and dragged up there by Captain Tucker on the previous day. They were either smooth-bore 32-p