Chapter 6: Louisiana. 1859-1861.
In the autumn of 1859, having made arrangements for my family to remain in Lancaster
, I proceeded, via Columbus
, and Louisville
, to Baton Rouge, Louisiana
, where I reported for duty to Governor Wickliffe
, who, by virtue of his office, was the president of the Board of Supervisors of the new institution over which I was called to preside.
He explained to me the act of the Legislature under which the institution was founded; told me that the building was situated near Alexandria
, in the parish of Rapides
, and was substantially finished; that the future management would rest with a Board of Supervisors, mostly citizens of Rapides Parish
, where also resided the Governor-elect, T. O. Moore
, who would soon succeed him in his office as Governor and president ex officio;
and advised me to go at once to Alexandria
, and put myself in communication with Moore
and the supervisors.
Accordingly I took a boat at Baton Rouge
, for the mouth of Red River
The river being low, and its navigation precarious, I there took the regular mail-coach, as the more certain conveyance, and continued on toward Alexandria
I found, as a fellow-passenger in the coach, Judge Henry Boyce
, of the United States District Court, with whom I had made acquaintance years before, at St. Louis
, and, as we neared Alexandria
, he proposed that we should stop at Governor Moore
's and spend the night.
Moore's house and plantation were on Bayou Robert
, about eight miles from Alexandria
We found him at home, with his wife and a
married daughter, and spent the night there.
He sent us forward to Alexandria
the next morning, in his own carriage.
On arriving at Alexandria
, I put up at an inn, or boarding-house, and almost immediately thereafter went about ten miles farther up Bayou Rapides
, to the plantation and house of General G. Mason Graham
, to whom I looked as the principal man with whom I had to deal.
He was a high-toned gentleman, and his whole heart was in the enterprise.
He at once put me at ease.
We acted together most cordially from that time forth, and it was at his house that all the details of the seminary were arranged.
We first visited the college-building together.
It was located on an old country place of four hundred acres of pineland, with numerous springs, and the building was very large and handsome.
A carpenter, named James
, resided there, and had the general charge of the property; but, as there was not a table, chair, black-board, or any thing on hand, necessary for a beginning, I concluded to quarter myself in one of the rooms of the seminary, and board with an old black woman who cooked for James, so that I might personally push forward the necessary preparations.
There was an old rail-fence about the place, and a large pile of boards in front.
I immediately engaged four carpenters, and set them at work to make out of these boards mess-tables, benches, black-boards, etc. I also opened a correspondence with the professors-elect, and with all parties of influence in the State
, who were interested in our work.
At the meeting of the Board of Supervisors, held at Alexandria
, August 2, 1859, five professors had been elected: 1. W. T. Sherman
, Superintendent, and Professor
of Engineering, etc.; 2.
of Mathematics, Philosophy, etc.; 3. Francis W. Smith
of Chemistry, etc.; 4. David F. Boyd
of Languages, English and Ancient; 5.
E. Berti St. Ange
of French and Modern Languages.
These constituted the Academic Board
, while the general supervision remained in the Board of Supervisors, composed of the Governor
of the State
, the Superintendent
of Public Education, and twelve members, nominated by the Governor
confirmed by the Senate.
The institution was bound to educate sixteen beneficiary students, free of any charge for tuition.
These had only to pay for their clothing and books, while all others had to pay their entire expenses, including tuition.
Early in November, Profs. Smith
, St. Ange
, and I, met a committee of the Board of Supervisors, composed of T. C. Manning
, G. Mason Graham
, and W. W. Whittington
, at General Graham
's house, and resolved to open the institution to pupils on the 1st day of January, 1860.
We adopted a series of bylaws for the government of the institution, which was styled the “Louisiana Seminary of Learning and Military Academy.”
This title grew out of the original grant, by the Congress of the United States, of a certain township of public land, to be sold by the State
, and dedicated to the use of a “seminary of learning.”
I do not suppose that Congress designed thereby to fix the name or title; but the subject had so long been debated in Louisiana
that the name, though awkward, had become familiar.
We appended to it “Military Academy,” as explanatory of its general design.
On the 17th of November, 1859, the Governor
of the State
, issued officially a general circular, prepared by us, giving public notice that the “Seminary of Learning” would open on the 1st day of January, 1860; containing a description of the locality, and the general regulations for the proposed institution; and authorizing parties to apply for further information to the “Superintendent,” at Alexandria, Louisiana
The Legislature had appropriated for the sixteen beneficiaries at the rate of two hundred and eighty-three dollars per annum, to which we added sixty dollars as tuition for pay cadets; and, though the price was low, we undertook to manage for the first year on that basis.
Promptly to the day, we opened, with about sixty cadets present.
was tie commandant of cadets, and I the superintendent.
1 had been to New Orleans, where I had bought a supply of mattresses, books, and every thing requisite, and we started very much on the basis of West Point
and of the Virginia Military Institute, but without uniforms
or muskets; yet with roll-calls, sections, and recitations, we kept as near the standard of West Point
I kept all the money accounts, and gave general directions to the steward, professors, and cadets.
The other professors had their regular classes and recitations.
We all lived in rooms in the college-building, except Vallas
, who had a family, and rented a house near by. A creole gentleman, B. Jarreau
, had been elected steward, and he also had his family in a house not far off. The other professors had a mess in a room adjoining the mess-hall.
A few more cadets joined in the course of the winter, so that we had in all, during the first term, seventy-three cadets, of whom fifty-nine passed the examination on the 30th of July, 1860.
During our first term many defects in the original act of the Legislature were demonstrated, and, by the advice of the Board of Supervisors, I went down to Baton Rouge
during the session of the Legislature, to advocate and urge the passage of a new bill, putting the institution on a better footing.
was then Governor, Bragg
was a member of the Board of Public Works, and Richard Taylor
was a Senator.
I got well acquainted with all of these, and with some of the leading men of the State
, and was always treated with.
the greatest courtesy and kindness.
In conjunction with the proper committee of the Legislature, we prepared a new bill, which was passed and approved on the 7th of March, 1860, by which we were to have a beneficiary cadet for each parish, in all fifty-six, and fifteen thousand dollars annually for their maintenance; also twenty thousand dollars for the general use of the college.
During that session we got an appropriation of fifteen thousand dollars for building two professors' houses, for the purchase of philosophical and chemical apparatus, and for the beginning of a college library.
The seminary was made a State Arsenal, under the title of State Central Arsenal, and I was allowed five hundred dollars a year as its superintendent.
These matters took me several times to Baton Rouge
that winter, and I recall an event of some interest, which must have happened in February.
At that time my brother, John Sherman
, was a candidate, in the national House of Representatives,
for Speaker, against Bocock
, of Virginia
In the South
he was regarded as an “abolitionist,” the most horrible of all monsters; and many people of Louiisana looked at me with suspicion.
as the brother of the abolitionist, John Sherman
, and doubted the propriety of having me at the head of an important State institution.
By this time I was pretty well acquainted with many of their prominent men, was generally esteemed by all in authority, and by the people of Rapides Parish
especially, who saw that I was devoted to my particular business, and that I gave no heed to the political excitement of the day. But the members of the State Senate and House
did not know me so well, and it was natural that they should be suspicious of a Northern man, and the brother of him who was the “abolition” candidate for Speaker
of the House
One evening, at a large dinner-party at Governor Moore
's, at which were present several members of the Louisiana Legislature, Taylor
, and the Attorney-General Hyams
, after the ladies had left the table, I noticed at Governor Moore
's end quite a lively discussion going on, in which my name was frequently used; at length the Governor
called to me, saying: “Colonel Sherman
, you can readily understand that, with your brother the abolitionist candidate for Speaker, some of our people wonder that you should be here at the head of an important State institution.
Now, you are at my table, and I assure you of my confidence.
Won't you speak your mind freely on this question of slavery, that so agitates the land?
You are under my roof, and, whatever you say, you have my protection.”
I answered: “Governor Moore
, you mistake in calling my brother, John Sherman
, an abolitionist.
We have been separated since childhood — I in the army, and he pursuing his profession of law in Northern Ohio
; and it is possible we may differ in general sentiment, but I deny that he is considered at home an abolitionist; and, although he prefers the free institutions under which he lives to those of slavery which prevail here, he would not of himself take from you by law or force any property whatever, even slaves.”
Then said Moore
: “Give us your own views of slavery as you see it here and throughout the South
I answered in effect that “the people of Louisiana
were hardly responsible for slavery, as they had inherited it; that I found two distinct conditions of slavery, domestic and field hands.
The domestic slaves, employed by the families, were probably better treated than any slaves on earth; but the condition of the field-hands was different, depending more on the temper and disposition of their masters and overseers than were those employed about the house;” and I went on to say that, “were I a citizen of Louisiana
, and a member of the Legislature, I would deem it wise to bring the legal condition of the slaves more near the status of human beings under all Christian and civilized governments.
In the first place, I argued that, in sales of slaves made by the State
, I would forbid the separation of families, letting the father, mother, and children, be sold together to one person, instead of each to the highest bidder.
And, again, I would advise the repeal of the statute which enacted a severe penalty for even the owner to teach his slave to read and write, because that actually qualified property and took away a part of its value; illustrating the assertion by the case of Henry Sampson
, who had been the slave of Colonel Chambers
, of Rapides Parish
, who had gone to California
as the servant of an officer of the army, and who was afterward employed by me in the bank at San Francisco
At first he could not write or read, and I could only afford to pay him one hundred dollars a month; but he was taught to read and write by Reilley
, our bank-teller, when his services became worth two hundred and fifty dollars a month, which enabled him to buy his own freedom and that of his brother and his family.”
What I said was listened to by all with the most profound attention; and, when I was through, some one (I think it was Mr. Hyams
) struck the table with his fist, making the glasses jingle, and said, “By God, he is right!”
and at once he took up the debate, which went on, for an hour or more, on both sides with ability and fairness.
Of course, I was glad to be thus relieved, because at the time all men in Louisiana
were dreadfully ex
cited on questions affecting their slaves, who constituted the bulk of their wealth, and without whom they honestly believed that sugar, cotton, and rice, could not possibly be cultivated.
On the 30th and 31st of July, 1860, we had an examination at the seminary, winding up with a ball, and as much publicity as possible to attract general notice; and immediately thereafter we all scattered — the cadets to their homes, and the professors wherever they pleased — all to meet again on the 1st day of the next November. Major Smith
and I agreed to meet in New York on a certain day in August, to purchase books, models, etc. I went directly to my family in Lancaster
, and after a few days proceeded to Washington
, to endeavor to procure from the General Government
the necessary muskets and equipments for our cadets by the beginning of the next term.
I was in Washington
on the 17th day of August, and hunted up my friend Major Buell
, of the Adjutant-General
's Department, who was on duty with the Secretary of War
I had with me a letter of Governor Moore
's, authorizing me to act in his name.
took me into Floyd
's room at the War Department, to whom I explained my business, and I was agreeably surprised to meet with such easy success.
Although the State of Louisiana
had already drawn her full quota of arms, Floyd
promptly promised to order my requisition to be filled, and I procured the necessary blanks at the Ordnance-Office, filled them with two hundred cadet muskets, and all equipments complete, and was assured that all these articles would be shipped to Louisiana
in season for our use that fall.
These assurances were faithfully carried out.
I then went on to New York, there met Major Smith
according to appointment, and together we selected and purchased a good supply of uniforms, clothing, and text-books, as well as a fair number of books of history and fiction, to commence a library.
When this business was completed, I returned to Lancaster
, and remained with my family till the time approached for me to return to Louisiana
I again left my family at Lancaster
, until assured of the completion of the two buildings designed for the
married professors for which I had contracted that spring with Mr. Mills
, of Alexandria
, and which were well under progress when I left in August. One of these was designed for me and the other for Vallas
presented me with a horse, which I took down the river with me, and en route
I ordered from Grimsley
& Co. a full equipment of saddle, bridle, etc., the same that I used in the war, and which I lost with my horse.
shot under me at Shiloh
early in October, I pushed forward the construction of the two buildings, some fences, gates, and all other work, with the object of a more perfect start at the opening of the regular term November 1, 1860.
About this time Dr. Powhatan Clark
was elected Assistant Professor
of Chemistry, etc., and acted as secretary of the Board of Supervisors, but no other changes were made in our small circle of professors.
November came, and with it nearly if not quite all our first set of cadets, and others, to the number of about one hundred and thirty.
We divided them into two companies, issued arms and clothing, and began a regular system of drills and instruction, as well as the regular recitations.
I had moved into my new house, but prudently had not sent for my family, nominally on the ground of waiting until the season was further advanced, but really because of the storm that was lowering heavy on the political horizon.
The presidential election was to occur in November, and the nominations had already been made in stormy debates by the usual conventions.
(to the South
utterly unknown) were the nominees of the Republican party, and for the first time both these candidates were from Northern States.
The Democratic party divided--one set nominating a ticket at Charleston
, and the other at Baltimore
were the nominees of the Southern
or Democratic party; and Bell
, a kind of compromise, mostly in favor in Louisiana
Political excitement was at its very height, and it was constantly asserted that Mr. Lincoln
's election would imperil the Union
I purposely kept aloof from politics, would take no part, and remember that on the day
of the election in November I was notified that it would be advisable for me to vote for Bell
, but I openly said I would not, and I did not. The election of Mr. Lincoln
fell upon us all like a clap of thunder.
People saw and felt that the South
had threatened so long that, if she quietly submitted, the question of slavery in the Territories
was at an end forever.
I mingled freely with the members of the Board of Supervisors, and with the people of Rapides Parish
generally, keeping aloof from all cliques and parties, and I certainly hoped that the threatened storm would blow over, as had so often occurred before, after similar threats.
At our seminary the order of exercises went along with the regularity of the seasons.
Once a week, I had the older cadets to practise reading, reciting, and elocution, and noticed that their selections were from Calhoun
, and other Southern speakers, all treating of the defense of their slaves and their home institutions as the very highest duty of the patriot.
Among boys this was to be expected; and among the members of our board, though most of them declaimed against politicians generally, and especially abolitionists, as pests, yet there was a growing feeling that danger was in the wind.
I recall the visit of a young gentleman who had been sent from Jackson
, by the Governor
, to confer with Governor Moore
, then on his plantation at Bayou Robert
, and who had come over to see our college.
tie spoke to me openly of secession as a fixed fact, and that its details were only left open for discussion.
I also recall the visit of some man who was said to be a high officer in the order of “Knights of the Golden circle,” of the existence of which order I was even ignorant, until explained to me by Major Smith
and Dr. Clark
But in November, 1860, no man ever approached me offensively, to ascertain my views, or my proposed course of action in case of secession, and no man in or out of authority ever tried to induce me to take part in steps designed to lead toward disunion.
I think my general opinions were well known and understood, viz., that “secession was treason, was war;
” and that in no event could the North and West permit the Mississippi River
out of their control.
But some men at the South
actually supposed at the time that the Northwestern States
, in case of a disruption of the General Government
, would be drawn in self.
interest to an alliance with the South
What I now write I do not offer as any thing like a history of the important events of that time, but rather as my memory of them, the effect they had on me personally, and to what extent they influenced my personal conduct.
seceded December 20, 1860, and Mississippi
Emissaries came to Louisiana
to influence the Governor
, Legislature, and people, and it was the common assertion that, if all the Cotton States
would follow the lead of South Carolina
, it would diminish the chances of civil war, because a bold and determined front would deter the General Government
from any measures of coercion.
About this time also, viz., early in December, we received Mr. Buchanan
's annual message to Congress, in which he publicly announced that the General Government
had no constitutional power to “coerce a State.”
I confess this staggered me, and I feared that the prophecies and assertions of Alison
and other European
commentators on our form of government were right, and that our Constitution was a mere rope of sand, that would break with the first pressure.
The Legislature of Louisiana
met on the 10th of December, and passed an act calling a convention of delegates from the people, to meet at Baton Rouge
, on the 8th of January, to take into consideration the state of the Union
; and, al-although it was universally admitted that a large majority of the voters of the State
were opposed to secession, disunion, and all the steps of the South Carolinians, yet we saw that they were powerless, and that the politicians would sweep them along rapidly to the end, prearranged by their leaders in Washington
Before the ordinance of secession was passed, or the convention had assembled, on the faith of a telegraphic dispatch sent by the two Senators
, from their seats in the United States Senate at Washington
, Governor Moore
ordered the seizure of all the United States
forts at the mouth of the Mississippi
and Lake Pontchartrain
, and of the United States
arsenal at Baton Rouge
The forts had no garrisons, but the arsenal was held by a small company of artillery, commanded by Major Haskins
, a most worthy and excellent officer, who had lost an arm in Mexico
I remember well that I was strongly and bitterly impressed by the seizure of the arsenal, which occurred on January 10, 1861.
When I went first to Baton Rouge
, in 1859, en route
, I found Captain Rickett
's company of artillery stationed in the arsenal, but soon after there was somewhat of a clamor on the Texas
frontier about Brownsville
, which induced the War Department to order Rickett
's company to that frontier.
I remember that Governor Moore
remonstrated with the Secretary of War
because so much dangerous property, composed of muskets, powder, etc., had been left by the United States
unguarded, in a parish where the slave population was as five or six to one of whites; and it was on his official demand that the United States Government ordered Haskins
's company to replace Rickett
's. This company did not number forty men. In the night of January 9th, about five hundred New Orleans militia, under command of a Colonel Wheat
, went up from New Orleans by boat, landed, surrounded the arsenal, and demanded its surrender.
was of course unprepared for such a step, yet he at first resolved to defend the post as he best could with his small force.
, who was an old army acquaintance of his, had a parley with him, exhibited to him the vastly superior force of his assailants, embracing two field-batteries, and offered to procure for him honorable terms, to march out with drums and colors, and to take unmolested passage in a boat up to St. Louis
; alleging, further, that the old Union was at an end, and that a just settlement would be made between the two new fragments for all the property stored in the arsenal.
Of course it was Haskins
's duty to have defended his post to the death; but up to that time the national authorities in Washington
had shown such pusillanimity, that the officers of the army knew not what to do. The result, anyhow, was that Haskins
surrendered his post, and at once embarked for St. Louis
The arms and munitions stored in the arsenal were
scattered — some to Mississippi
, some to New Orleans, some to Shreveport
; and to me, at the Central Arsenal
, were consigned two thousand muskets, three hundred Jager
rifles, and a large amount of cartridges and ammunition.
The invoices were signed by the former ordnance-sergeant, Olodowski, as a captain of ordnance, and I think he continued such on General Bragg
's staff through the whole of the subsequent civil war. These arms, etc., came up to me at Alexandria
, with orders from Governor Moore
to receipt for and account for them.
Thus I was made the receiver of stolen goods, and these goods the property of the United States
This grated hard on my feelings as an ex-army-officer, and on counting the arms I noticed that they were packed in the old familiar boxes, with the “U. S.”
simply scratched off. General G. Mason Graham
had resigned as the chairman of the Executive Committee, and Dr. S. A. Smith
, of Alexandria
, then a member of the State Senate, had succeeded him as chairman, and acted as head of the Board of Supervisors.
At the time I was in most intimate correspondence with all of these parties, and our letters must have been full of politics, but I have only retained copies of a few of the letters, which I will embody in this connection, as they will show, better than by any thing I can now recall, the feelings of parties at that critical period.
The seizure of the arsenal at Baton Rouge
occurred January 10, 1861, and the secession ordinance was not passed until about the 25th or 26th of the same month.
At all events, after the seizure of the arsenal, and before the passage of the ordinance of secession, viz., on the 18th of January, I wrote as follows:
By course of mail, I received the following answer from Governor Moore
, the original of which I still possess.
It is all in General Bragg
's handwriting, with which I am familiar:
I must have received several letters from Bragg
, about this time, which have not been preserved; for I find that, on the 1st of February, 1861, I wrote him thus:
's receipt to me, for the arms and property belonging both to the seminary and to the arsenal, is dated February 19, 1861.
I subjoin also, in this connection, copies of one or two papers that may prove of interest:
A copy of the resolution of the Academic Board
, passed at their session of April 1, 1861:
Resolved, That in the resignation of the late superintendent, Colonel W. T. Sherman, the Academic Board deem it not improper to express their deep conviction of the loss the institution has sustained in being thus deprived of an able head.
They cannot fail to appreciate the manliness of character which has always marked the actions of Colonel Sherman.
While he is personally endeared to many of them as a friend, they consider it their high pleasure to tender to him in this resolution their regret on his separation, and their sincere wish for his future welfare.
I have given the above at some length, because, during the civil war, it was in Southern circles asserted that I was guilty of a breach of hospitality in taking up arms against the South
They were manifestly the aggressors, and we could only defend our own by assailing them.
Yet, without any knowledge of what the future had in store for me, I took unusual precautions that the institution should not be damaged by my withdrawal.
About the 20th of February, having turned over all property, records, and money, on hand, to Major Smith
, and taking with me the necessary documents to make the final settlement with Dr. S. A. Smith
, at the bank in New Orleans, where the funds of the institution were deposited to my credit, I took passage from Alexandria
for that city, and arrived there, I think, on the 23d. Dr. Smith
met me, and we went to the bank, where I turned over to him the balance, got him to audit all my accounts, certify that they were correct and just, and that there remained not one cent of balance in my hands.
I charged in my account current for my salary up to the end of February, at the rate of four thousand dollars a year, and for the five hundred dollars due me as superintendent of the Central Arsenal
, all of
which was due and had been fairly earned, and then I stood free and discharged of any and every obligation, honorary or business, that was due by me to the State of Louisiana
, or to any corporation or individual in that State.
This business occupied two or three days, during which I staid at the St. Louis Hotel
I usually sat at table with ColonelBragg
and Mrs. Bragg
, and an officer who wore the uniform of the State of Louisiana
, and was addressed as captain.
wore a colonel's uniform, and explained to me that he was a colonel in the State
service, a colonel of artillery, and that some companies of his regiment garrisoned Forts Jackson
and St. Philip
, and the arsenal at Baton Rouge
Beauregard at the time had two sons at the Seminary of Learning
I had given them some of my personal care at the father's request, and, wanting to tell him of their condition and progress, I went to his usual office in the Custom-House Building
, and found him in the act of starting for Montgomery, Alabama
said afterward that Beauregard
had been sent for by Jefferson Davis
, and that it was rumored that he had been made a brigadier-general, of which fact he seemed jealous, because in the old Army Bragg
was the senior.
had been inaugurated President
of the Confederate States of America
, February 18, 1860, at Montgomery
, and those States only embraced the seven cotton States.
I recall a conversation at the tea-table, one evening, at the St. Louis Hotel
was speaking of Beauregard
's promotion, Mrs. Bragg
, turning to me, said, “You know that my husband is not a favorite with the new President
My mind was resting on Mr. Lincoln
as the new President
, and I said I did not know that Bragg
had ever met Mr. Lincoln
, when Mrs. Bragg
said, quite pointedly, “I didn't mean your President
, but our President
I knew that Bragg
bitterly, and that he had resigned from the army in 1855, or 1856, because Davis
, as Secretary of War
, had ordered him, with his battery, from Jefferson Barracks, Missouri
, to Fort Smith
or Fort Washita
, in the Indian
country, as Bragg
expressed it, “to chase Indians with six-pounders.”
I visited the quartermaster, Colonel A. C. Myers
, who had resigned from the army, January 28, 1861, and had accepted service under the new regime
. His office was in the same old room in the Lafayette Square building
, which he had in 1853, when I was there a commissary, with the same pictures on the wall, and the letters “U. S.”
on every thing, including his desk, papers, etc. I asked him if he did not feel funny.
“No, not at all. The thing was inevitable, secession was a complete success; there would be no war, but the two Governments would settle all matters of business in a friendly spirit, and each would go on in its allotted sphere, without further confusion.”
About this date, February 16th, General Twiggs
's father-in-law, had surrendered his entire command, in the Department of Texas, to some State troops, with all the Government
property, thus consummating the first serious step in the drama of the conspiracy, which was to form a confederacy of the cotton States, before working upon the other slave or border States, and before the 4th of March, the day for the inauguration of President Lincoln
I walked the streets of New Orleans, and found business going along as usual.
Ships were strung for miles along the lower levee, and steamboats above, all discharging or receiving cargo.
flag of Louisiana
was flying over the Custom-House
, Mint, City Hall, and everywhere.
At the levee ships carried every flag on earth except that of the United States
, and I was told that during a procession on the 22d of February, celebrating their emancipation from the despotism of the United States Government, only one national flag was shown from a house, and that the house of Cuthbert Bullitt
, on Lafayette Square. He was commanded to take it down, but he refused, and defended it with his pistol.
The only officer of the army that I can recall, as being there at the time, who was faithful, was Colonel C. L. Kilburn
, of the Commissary Department, and he was preparing to escape North.
Everybody regarded the change of Government as final; that Louisiana
, by a mere declaration, was a free and independent
State, and could enter into any new alliance or combination she chose.
Men were being enlisted and armed, to defend the State
, and there was not the least evidence that the national Administration designed to make any effort, by force, to vindicate the national authority.
I therefore bade adieu to all my friends, and about the 25th of February took my departure by railroad, for Lancaster
, via Cairo
Before leaving this subject, I will simply record the fate of some of my associates.
The seminary was dispersed by the war, and all the professors and cadets took service in the Confederacy
, except Vallas
, St. Ange, and Cadet Taliaferro
The latter joined a Union regiment, as a lieutenant, after New Orleans was retaken by the United States fleet, under Farragut
I think that both Vallas
and St. Ange have died in poverty since the war. Major Smith
joined the rebel army in Virginia
, and was killed in April, 1865, as he was withdrawing his garrison, by night, from the batteries at Drury's Bluff, at the time General Lee
began his final retreat from Richmond
became a captain of engineers on the staff of General Richard Taylor
, was captured, and was in jail at Natchez, Mississippi
, when I was on my Meridian
He succeeded in getting a letter to me on my arrival at Vicksburg
, and, on my way down to New Orleans, I stopped at Natchez
, took him along, and enabled him to effect an exchange through General Banks
As soon as the war was over, he returned to Alexandria
, and reorganized the old institution, where I visited him in 1867; but, the next winter, the building took fire and burned to the ground.
The students, library, apparatus, etc., were transferred to Baton Rouge
, where the same institution now is, under the title of the Louisiana University.
I have been able to do them many acts of kindness, and am still in correspondence with Colonel Boyd
, its president.
General G. Mason Graham
is still living on his plantation, on Bayou Rapides
, old and much respected.
Dr. S. A. Smith
became a surgeon in the rebel army, and at the close of the war was medical director of the trans-Mississippi
Department, with General Kirby Smith
I have seen him since the war, at New Orleans, where he died about a year ago.
was in Washington
recently, applying for a place as United States consul abroad.
I assisted him, but with no success, and he is now at Baltimore, Maryland
After the battle of Shiloh
, I found among the prisoners Cadet
----, fitted him out with some clean clothing, of which he was in need, and from him learned that Cadet Workman
was killed in that battle.
's plantation was devastated by General Banks
After the war he appealed to me, and through the Attorney-General
, Henry Stanbery
, I aided in having his land restored to him, and I think he is now living there.
, and Taylor
, enacted high parts in the succeeding war, and now reside in Louisiana