ainst the Indians, 300 miles off. They told me they were usually in the habit of scalping an Indian when they caught him, and that they never spared one, as they were such an untamable and ferocious race.
Another habit which they have learned from the Indians is, to squat on their heels in a most peculiar manner.
It has an absurd and extraordinary effect to see a quantity of them so squatting in a row or in a circle.
The regiment had been employed in quelling a counter-revolution of Unionists in Texas.
Nothing could exceed the rancor with which they spoke of these renegadoes, as they called them, who were principally Germans.
When I suggested to some of the Texans that they might as well bury the body of Mongomery a little better, they did not at all agree with me, but said it ought not to have been buried at all, but left hanging as a warning to other evil-doers.
With regard to the contentment of their slaves, Colonel Duff pointed out a good number they had with them,
ntry, bereft of its male inhabitants.
9th may, 1863 (Saturday).
Started again by stage for Munroe at 4.30 A. M. My companions were, the Mississippi planter, a mad dentist from New Orleans (called, by courtesy, doctor), an old man from Matagorda, buying slaves cheap in Louisiana, a wounded officer, and a wounded soldier.
The soldier was a very intelligent young Missourian, who told-me (as others have) that, at the commencement of these troubles, both he and his family were strong Unionists.
But the Lincolnites, by using coercion, had forced them to take one side or the other --and there are now no more bitter Secessionists than these people.
This soldier (Mr. Douglas) was on his way to rejoin Bragg's army.
A Confederate soldier when wounded is not given his discharge, but is employed at such work as he is competent to perform.
Mr. Douglas was quite lame; but will be employed at mounted duties or at writing.
We passed several large and fertile plantations.
e reached the top of a high hill, and halted to bait our horse at an inn called Fairview.
No sooner had we descended from the buggy than about twenty rampageous Unionists appeared, who told us they had come up to get a good view of the big fight in which the G-d d-d rebels were to be all captured, or drowned in the Potomac.
My laborers, who had just come in from the fields, and the supper was much superior to that which can be procured at the first hotel at Richmond.
All were violent Unionists, and perfectly under the impression that the rebels were totally demoralized, and about to lay down their arms.
Of course I held my tongue, and gave no one reased to travel for thirty hours in an American stage on a used — up plank-road.
We changed carriages at Somerset.
All my fellowtrav-ellers were of course violent Unionists, and invariably spoke of my late friends as Rebels or Rebs.
They had all got into their heads that their Potomac army, not having been thoroughly thrashed, as i