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stepped aside and let the people I met speak for themselves. Notes taken on the spot, and under all sorts of circumstances, - on horseback, in jolting wagons, by the firelight of a farm-house, or negro camp, sometimes in the dark, or in the rain, --- have enabled me to do this in many cases with absolute fidelity. Conversations which could not be reported in this way, were written out as soon as possible after they took place, and while yet fresh in my memory. Idiomatic peculiarities, which are often so expressive of character, I have reproduced without exaggeration. To intelligent and candid men it was my habit to state frankly my intention to publish an account of my journey, and then, with their permission, to jot down such views and facts as they saw fit to impart. Sometimes I was requested not to report certain statements of an important nature, made in the glow of conversation ; these, not without regret, I have suppressed ; and I trust that in no instance have I violated a confidence that was reposed in me.

I may add that the conversations recorded are generally of a representative character, being selected from among hundreds of such ; and that if I have given seemingly undue prominence to any subject, it has been because I found it an absorbing and universal topic of discussion.

MAY, 1866.

TABLE OF CONTENTS.

CHAPTER IV.- SOUTH MOUNTAIN.

Hagerstown.- Valley of the Antietam. -- Boonsboro'. - The Rebels in Maryland.

- View of the Mountain. - The Ascent. -- Scene of General Reno's Death. Reb-

els buried in a Well. - A Mountaineer's Story. -- View of Catoctin Valley. - Strong

Rebel Position. - Patriot Graves. — Antietam Valley at Sunset...

.40

CHAPTER V.- THE FIELD OF ANTIETAM.

Rebel Line of Retreat. – Keedysville. - Brick Church Hospital. -- Porter and his

Reserves. - Banks of the Antietam. - Scenes at the Straw-Stacks. ---- Unfortunate

Farmers. - Hospital Cemetery. - The Corn Field. - The Old Ploughman. – A

Lesson for Vanity. - A Soldier's Name. - The Dunker Church. – Sharpsburg.

-- Shelter from the Rain. - Southern Pronunciation. - Burnside's Bridge. - An-

cient and Modern Heroes. - Antietam National Cemetery. - The Battle........44

CHAPTER VI. - Down THE RIVER TO HARPER'S FERRY.

Search for a Vehicle. — “Mr. Bennerhalls.” – Mr. Benner without the “halls.” –

Leaving Sharpsburg. - Mountain Scenery. --- Capt. Speaker's Narrative. - Sur-

render of Harper's Ferry. -Escape of Twenty-two Hundred Cavalry. - Capture

of Rebel Wagon Train. -- Morning in Greencastle. -- Arrival at the Ferry.....57

CHAPTER VII. --- AROUND HARPER'S FERRY.

River and Mountain Scenery. -- Maryland Heights. - John Brown's Engine-House.

- Reminiscence of John Brown. - Political Inconsistency. --- Negro from Shenan-

doah Valley. — Folly of Secession....

.....64

CHAPTER VIII. - A TRIP TO CHARLESTOWN.

Railroad Passengers. - A Desolated Country. - Farmers and Land. -- A Dilapidated

Town. - Meeting an Acquaintance. - Boarding-House Fare. -- People and the

Government Policy. - Charlestown Jail and Court-House. - John Brown's Trial. -

“ His Soul Marching On." - A One-armed Confederate. --- John Brown's Gallows.

- Scene from the Scaffold. - The Church and its Uses ....

......69

CHAPTER XII. -"STATE PRIDE."

Acquia Creek. - Railroad and Stage-Coaches. - View of Fredericksburg.-- Crossing

the Rappannock. - Ruins of the Town - "A Son of Virginia." -- " State Pride's

and “Self-Conceit.” —— Virginia and South Carolina. — Back in the Union. --

Down at the Hotel. - Another Name for State Pride.......

............100

CHAPTER XIII. - THE FIELD OF FREDERICKSBURG.

The Situation. --The Stone Wall of History. - A Rebel Eye-witness. — Stripping

the Dead. - Strange Breastworks. - Fidelity of a Dog. — Gen. Lee's - Human-

ity." - Private Cemetery. - The Marye House. -- Negro who did n't see the

Fight. - Southern Consistency. — Dissolution of the Rebel Army. — The Buried

Dead. - House of Washington's Mother. - Mary Washington's Monument. - The

Lacy House. - Scene from the Windows. — Storming of Fredericksburg. .....106

CHAPTER XIV.- TO CHANCELLORSVILLE.

'Lijah and his Buggy.-- A. Three-Dollar Horse. --Trade in Soldiers' Clothing. -

Small Farmers. - Right Ignorant but Right Sharp. — Sedgwick's Retreat. — Farms

and Crops. - Views of Emancipation. - Poor Whites and Niggers. --The Man

that killed Harrow. -- Along the Plank-Road. - Tales of the Old Times. - Chancel-

lorsville Farm. - What was under the Weeds. - Bones for the Bone-Factory,-

Chancellorsville Burying-Ground. - Death of Stonewall Jackson...........

CHAPTER XV.- THE WILDERNESS.

Days of Anxiety. -- Inflexible Spirit of the People. - Locust Grove. - The Wilder-

ness Church. Relics of the Battle. - Skeletons above Ground. - Wilderness

Cemetery, - A Summer Shower. - The Wounded in the Fire. — The Rainbow..123

CHAPTER XVI. - SPOTTSYLVANIA COURT-HOUSE.

Elijah “Cut.” - Richard “H.” Hicks. - Poor Whites and the War. — Dead Men's

Člothes. - A “Heavy Coon Dog." - Traces of the Battle. - View of the Court-

House. — Grant's Breastworks. - County Clerk. -- Whites and Blacks in the

County. --- Ignorance of the Lower Classes. - The Negro “Fated ”......

...129

CHAPTER XVII. - THE FIELD OF SPOTTSYLVANIA.

The Tavern-Keeper's Relics. - A Union Officer's Opinions. — The Landlord's Corn-

field. - Rebel and Yankee Troops. -- Scene of the Decisive Conflict. -- Graves of

Spottsylvania.--- Women “ Chincapinnin.'' - Leaves from a Soldier's Testament..137

CHAPTER XVIII. -"ON TO RICHMOND."

A Bubble Vanished. - Desolate Scenery. - Virginia and Massachusetts. -- Ashton.-

Suburbs. - Northern Men in Richmond. - Appearance of the City...........143

CHAPTER XIX. - THE BURNT DISTRICT.

Ruins of Richmond. -- Why the Rebels burnt the City.- Panic of the Inhabitants. ---

TABLE OF CONTENTS.

Origin of the Fire. - Conflicting Opinions. - Fire of December, 1811. - Rebuild-

ing. - Negroes at Work. - Colored Laborer. - Hasty Reconstruction.........147

CHAPTER XX. - LIBBY, CASTLE THUNDER, AND BELLE ISLE.

Libby Prison. - Castle Thunder. - James River. - Manchester Bridge. - Negroes

with Bundles. - Old Negro's Story. - Belle Island. - Talk with a Boatman.--

Hatred of the Confederacy. - Skiff to Brown's Island. - Father and Daughter. .153

CHAPTER XXI. -FEEDING THE DESTITUTE.

Destitute Ration Tickets. — White and Black Mendicants. --- Spirit of Rapacity, -

Certificates. - Spurious Cases. - American Union Commission......

CHAPTER XXII. - The Union MEN OF RICHMOND.

One of the Twenty-one. - His Account of Confederate Times. - Rebel Fast Days. -

Insurrection of Women. --- Mr. L M's Story. - Colonel Dahlgren's Body.-- Night

Work for Union Men. - Story of Mr. W . - In Salisbury Prison. -- Union

Women. - Minor Prisons. " One Honest Yankee.” — Books for the Prisoners. -

White and his Mule Cart. - Scene in a Prison Yard. - The Premises by Moon-

light. - Not å “ Love Affair." - Escape of Two Prisoners. — A Halter Case. -

Running the Lines to Butler.- Partiality to Traitors. - Union League.......166

CHAPTER XXIII. -MARKETS AND FARMING.

Mixed Population of Richmond. - Market Carts. - Scene at the Stalls. - Vegetable

Gardens. - Experience of a Jersey Farmer. - Farnis for Sale.....

................178

CHAPTER XXIV. - IN AND AROUND RICHMOND.

St. John's Church and Patrick Henry. - St. Paul's and Jeff. Davis. - State and

Confederate Capitol. -Negro Auction-Rooms. - Hollywood and Oakwood Ceme-

teries. - General Lee's Head-Quarters Wagon. - Rebel Conscript Camp. - A

Champion of Slavery. – A Rebel. - Secesh Song....

CHAPTER XXV. - PEOPLE AND POLITICS.

sionists. - Confederate Soldiers and the Ladies. ---"Bomb-proof” Situations. —

Governor Pierpoint. - Advantages to Northern Business Men. ---State Debt and

Finances, -- Virginia Enterprise. Coal Mines on the James. -- Speech of a Played-

Out Politician. - A Rival Candidate. - Political Views. - New Men.........187

CHAPTER XXVI. - FORTIFICATIONS. - DUTCH GAP. - FAIR OAKS.

Ride with Major K-,-Forts and Earthworks. - Winter Quarters of the Army

of the James. - Affair at Laurel Hill. - At New-Market Heights. -- Gallop across
the Country, -- Butler's Canal. - Origin of the Name - Dutch Gap." - Cox's

House. — Out on the Nine-Mile Road. --- Fair Oaks Station. --Seven Pines. —

Charge of Sickles's Brigade. -- Savage's Station. - Two Sundays. ...........198

CHAPTER XXVII. - IN AND ABOUT PETERSBURG.

From Richmond to the “Cockade City.” - Evening with Judge —.-Story of

Two Brothers. - Shelling of Petersburg. - Black Population. — Ride with Colonel

E- . The “ Crater." -Forts Hell and Damnation. - Forts Morton and Sted-

man. ““Petersburg Express.” – A Beautiful büt Silent City. -- Signal Tower..205

CHAPTER XXVIII. - JAMES RIVER AND FORTRESS MONROE.

City Point. - Landmarks of Famous Events. - Hotel under the Fortress. - Jeff.

Davis's Private Residence. - Circuit of the Ramparts. -- Pardoned Rebel. .215

CHAPTER XXIX. --- ABOUT HAMPTON.

Burning of Hampton. - Freedmen's Settlements. -- Visits to the Freedmen......219

CHAPTER XXX. - A GENERAL VIEW OF VIRGINIA.

Fertility. – Natural Advantages. -- Old Fields. --- Hills and Valleys. -- Prcducts. -

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