In and about Vicksburg; An Illustrated Guide Book to the City of Vicksburg, Mississippi. Its History

In and about Vicksburg; An Illustrated Guide Book to the City of Vicksburg, Mississippi. Its History : Its Appearance: Its Business Houses. to Which Is Added a Description of the Resources and Progress of the State of Mississippi, as an

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...escort. We seem to stop very often and I grow somewhat tired and fretful before we at last enter a tent where a rather thick-set man in civilian's coat and military trousers, sitsat a table covered with papers and writing material-a table on which a lamp is burning although it is midday. My uncle advances with uncovered head and presents some papers that I have learned to call "passports." The quiet occupant of the tent does not rise, but as he slowly examines the proffered passports, he draws me between his knees and I stand there imprinting his features on my memory with a child's curious intentness. Then he speaks some courteous words, writes a few lines on a paper which he gives to my uncle, and so dismisses us with a quiet kiss on my forehead. And to-day it is with me a proud memory that my childish brow was honored by the lips of the nation's hero, General U. S. Grant. =l We are at home, in the old house on the hill. It is occupied as military quarters but my uncle in gray uniform walks about with blue-coated men apparently on the most friendly terms, and all assure us that the house will at once be turned over to my mother. Our black mammy receives us with wild rejoicing, and she and my mother, to the wide eyed wonder of the Federals, weep openly in each other's arms. In sisters room, in her writing desk, we find a letter from my father's nephew, Gen. O. P. Gooding, of Indiana. Quartered in the house by the chances of war, it is only after several days that he discovers himself in his kinsman's house, and when under marching orders he leaves behind him a letter of farewell. My uncle goes; we are still surrounded by soldiers, but they wear blue instead of grey, and when they come to the door...show more

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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236867335
  • 9781236867339