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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 34. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.17 (search)
f all the church bells and the bands playing the dead march. It was a funeral that befitted a hero who had died for his country. Very different was it later on. In the spring of 1865, I was in Mobile. The enemy were pressing the siege at Spanish Fort, across the Bay the booming of cannon being heard above all the noise of the city. I was attending service at Trinity Church, Mobile, for while the men were fighting we women were praying. As the services were proceeding, the roar of cannon, we heard the muffled tread of men coming down the aisle, when, looking up, I saw four soldiers, in their worn and faded gray, bearing on their shoulders a rude pine coffin, which contained the remains of a comrade who had fallen that day at Spanish Fort. Slowly and sadly they placed the coffin before the chancel, they remaining standing reverently without a word. The clergyman began with the burial service. None of us knew for whom those prayers were said, but we knew that he was the fathe
r miles of Lynchburg, so that all retreat of Lee in that direction was cut off. Then returning to North Carolina in the rear of Johnston, he captured large amounts of scattered stores, fourteen guns, and several thousand prisoners, but was checked by the news of the surrender of both the great rebel armies. On the 27th of March, Canby's force arrived before Mobile; it was in three divisions, commanded by A. J. Smith, Gordon Granger, and Steele. Smith and Granger were ordered to attack Spanish Fort, on the eastern side of Mobile bay, while Steele invested Blakely, above the town. Both these places were taken on the 9th of April, Blakely by assault, and after severe and gallant fighting on both sides; and on the 11th, Mobile was evacuated. In these operations two hundred guns were captured, and four thousand prisoners; but the bulk of the garrison, nine thousand in number, escaped. Wilson's command, consisting of twelve thousand five hundred mounted men, marched south from the T
rant's first service in, i., 10, 11; Rosecrans in command in, II. 30. Mississippi, proposal to bring, into Union, i., 416. Mississippi river military importance of, i., 123; rebel fortifications on, 124; Sherman's expedition, December, 1862, 135, tortuous course of, 157; forests and jungles of, 158. Mississippi squadron, saved by Bailey, II., 78. Mississippi valley, character of, i., 156. Mobile, proposed capture of, i., 412, 413; Canby's force before, III., 637; capture of Spanish Fort and Blakely, 637 evacuation of, 637. Montgomery, occupation of, III., 635. Mott General G., at battle of the Wilderness, II., 110-121; at Spottsylvania, 166, 167; at Deep Bottom and Bailey's creek, 507. Mower, General Joseph A., command transferred to Tennessee, III., 154; at Bentonsville, 431. Murphy, Colonel R. C., abandons Iuka, i., 110; surrenders Holly Springs, 138; cashiered, 139. Nashville, battle of, III., 249-279. Nashville, situation at, in December, 184, III.,
A. E. Blackmar, IX., 343. Southern soldier boy, the, T. W. Armstrong, IX., 346. Southerners : at Shiloh, Tenn., I., 199; in a Union prison, VII., 21. Southfield,, U. S. S.: I., 356; II., 352; VI., S7, 199, 320. Southwest Mountain, Va. (see also Cedar Mountain, Va.), II., 320. Southwest Pass, La., VI., 1S9. Southwestern Army X., 274. Southwestern campaign: map of, II., 2. Spangler, E., VII., 203. Spanish-American War, VII, 347. Spanish Fort, Ala.: III., 344; VI., 258 seq.: IX., 247. Spaulding, I., V., 247. Spear, E., X., 211. Spear, S. P., X., 303. Spears, J. G., X., 305. Spencer, J. P., I., 48. Sphinx,, C. S. S., (afterwards Stonewall,) VI., 299. Spicer, W., IV., 198. Spies: in the capital at Washington, April, 181, VII., 192; Southern, VIII., 24, 26; women, VIII., 273, 287, 291; causes for execution of, VIII., 303; executed by Confederates at Petersburg, Va., VIII., 303. Sp
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