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se amed to struggle to keep her feet, and walked with great difficulty until her owner was taken out of the saddle. Then she sank heavily to the ground with a thud; and throw her legs out violently from her body, under the impulse of great pain. At every motion the blood spouted out filling the furrows where she lay. Meanwhile the sergeant's head rosted on the ground nearby; rider and horse had both laid down together to die."
During the latter part of the civil war, both sides resorted to conscription. Many in both sections of the country evaded this draft, and Porter, traveling on orders from Louisiana to Richmond in the summer of 1864, with a party consisting of four officers, one orderly, a negro servant, - all mounted -, and a little brown pack-mule named 'Judy'", relates their passage through the Mississippi pine woods:
"Last evening we crossed Pearl river at Ford's Ferry - a
le river and very bad bottom. Honey Island, twelve miles below, is the nest of the deserters and jay-hawkers from Mississippi, who are said to number some hundreds of well armed men who have retreated to this fastness and defy the conscript officers. Every night we are entertained by our piney Woods hosts with an account of the bloody doings of these bandits, and we dream of Honey Island and jayhawkers all night. ... Riding through the piney woods belt, one is struck by the contrast between the soil and the women; one is poor and barren as a sand hill, the other prolific as rabbits; and as we passed a cabin and looked down upon 15 or 16 tow-heads that filled the door, and saw another in the arms, we felt the truth of the saw, 'a poor man for children' and drove the spurs into my horse 'Guy Livingston' and began to muse upon the mutability of human affairs, when the Major rode up by our side and pointed to the proprietor of that cabin, that tract, and that flourishing colony of male boys and female girls', and suggested that our conscript officers seldom let a poor devil with tho se surroundings escape them; the reflection was a sad but just one, and many similar cases of hardship had come under my own eye, and it was a relief to know that at least one of these poor devils had eluded the grasp of the conscript officers."
It is a peculiar fact that two of the most important influences that were to so greatly affect the conduct of the American people,
in the Civil War, and the "Reconstruction" which followed, were "Madmen". John Brown, and his body "which kept marching on" was undoubtedly a strong factor in providing a 'morale' to the Northern boys (and their mothers who sent them to fight and die) in the invasion of the Southern states. John Wilkes Booth, the demented actor who shot Lincoln, removed from office the one man who would have been able to control the gross selfishness and corrupt political intrigue which spelt ruin for the battered and bleeding South, and demoralization to the soul of many of the Northern people.
The South depended, not only on England but also on the North for much of its materials; Porter's sword bore the stamp of the Ames Manufacturing Co., of Cabotsville, Mass.; and the buttons on his Confederate uniform were made by 'Horstman and Allen' of New York.
The official records of the so gallant soldiers in gray, are indeed me agre. For instance the Records of Louisiana Confederate soldiers, published in New Orleans 1920 (vol III, Book 1) give the following brief account of Porter's war service:
Morso, A.L. (Also borne on Rolls as Morse, A.P.)
There was a sharp contrast, however, between the festivities of this wedding, and that of her sister to Mr. Schiff, of Paris, before the war. For the latter, there were some 500 guests - 50 of whom were house guests for the week; they were waited upon by Imbert, the famous New Orleans chef and caterer who came with his entire staff a week in advance to prepare the delicacies. On the occasion, "the great Greek porticoes were hung with a thousand lights which shone far out into the river, dancing cloths were laid over the lower floors, and the Chambers were all festoned with flowers. The feast was so bounteous that the very boa tmen on the Mississippi, who had brought the guests up the river to Belle Grove Landing, came in for their share of the festivities." "Belle Grove" was built in 1857 by John Andrews, formerly from Virginia, and during the few years preceding the Civil War was the scene of many lavish entertainments. The plantation comprised two thousand acres. A few years after the war, the estate was sold to Mr. Ware, who continued to maintain the hospitality of the estate for many decades and who constructed two race tracks on the plantation.
The following lines, written by Isaac E., and concerning his visit to Ireland in 1832, were found in a letter addressed to a friend:
iThen memory casts its faintest glance
"Though I n'er may revisit Killarney,
On Jan. 13th 1866, Caleb Cushing wrote from Washington to Isaac E.: "I have lately heard of you from a common friend and learned with pleasure that you had passed personally well through the calamities of the last four years. Can I be of use to you in any affairs either here or in New Orleans?" And nine months later to his widow, Margaretta: "I will with pleasure aid you in the prosecution of your claim for balance of account due Mr. Morse. Be good enough to copy and sign the accompanyi ng letter, upon which I will have the case looked up, so as to be ready to confer with you on the subject when you come to Washington. I doubt not that the President will remember Mr. Morse with kindness. Please to enclose to me the letter to Mr. Seward."
In 1865 a Nation was truly born. Until then there had been numerous
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