th advised me to go to Munroe, and try to cross the Mississippi from thence; hewas so uncertain as to Alexandria that he was afraid to send a steamer so far.
I heard much talk at his house about the late Federal raid into the Mississippi,
Grierson's raid. which seems to be a copy of John Morgan's operations, except that the Federal raid was made in a thinly populated country, bereft of its male inhabitants.
9th may, 1863 (Saturday).
Started again by stage for Munroe at 4.30 A. M. My young women in this country seem to be either uncommonly free-spoken, or else extremely shy. The farther we went, the more certain became the news of the fall of Jackson.
We passed the night in the veranda of an old farmer.
He told us that Grierson's Yankee raid had captured him about three weeks ago. He thought the Yankees were about 1,500 strong; they took all good horses, leaving their worn-out ones behind.
They destroyed railroad, government property, and arms, and paroled all men, bo