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Captain L— was sitting in his
tent, in company with two other officers, when a sergeant came to the entrance
and said that a lady had called to see him. The two officers moved to retire,
but he desired them to remain.
"Conduct her to my tent," said
Captain L—, in answer to the sergeant.
In a few moments a handsomely
dressed lady, with her veil down, entered. Captain L— at once recognized her,
and stood up with a grave, but not angry countenance.
"Do you remember me?" she asked,
partly drawing aside her veil, and showing a very altered face from the one he
had seen in the morning.
"Mrs. D—," the Captain answered,
bowing. There was a quality of tone and air about the officer that inspired her
with a feeling of respect. He merely pronounced her name, and then stood
awaiting her further purpose.
"I am here to offer an apology
for conduct that
has no excuse. Will you accept
the apology ?" "On one condition," replied Captain L—.
" Name it, Sir."
"That you promise, on the word of
a lady, never
again to insult a soldier or an
"I promise," was the low answer.
"Then the past is past, Madam.
And now permit me to conduct you from the camp."
And with bearing of a gentleman
as he was, Captain L— attended Mrs. D— to the carriage in which she had come,
and closing the door for her after she had entered, said, in parting,
"The lesson is a severe one,
Madam ; but the fault was grave, and constrained a harsh reaction. We are here
as friends, not enemies; as gentlemen, not ruffians. At the call of our country,
not to invade and wrong. We come to save, not to destroy. When will you learn to
read events aright ?"
And turning from her the officer
went back to his tent, and the lady rode to the city, an humbler, if not a
The story, as such stories always
will, got out, and was repeated from lip to lip. From that time women of Mrs.
D—'s style of thinking and feeling conducted themselves with a little more
public decorum. It is quite certain that Captain L—was never insulted again.
THE BURNSIDE EXPEDITION AT
WE devote pages
and 105 to illustrations of the
BURNSIDE EXPEDITION in the gale off Hatteras,
from sketches by our special correspondent with the expedition. The general
newspaper dispatch said:
The expedition sailed from
Hampton Roads on the 11th and 12th of January, and consisted of over one hundred
and twenty-five vessels of all classes. They arrived at Hatteras between the
12th and 17th instant, having been greatly retarded by the storms and adverse
winds which prevailed during that time.
After their arrival at Hatteras
they experienced a series of storms of such severity that for two days in
succession, on more than one occasion, it was impossible to hold any
communication between any two vessels of the fleet.
After the first storm it was
discovered that, instead of vessels drawing eight and a half feet of water being
able to go over the swash, or bars, as
General Burnside had been informed, no
vessel drawing over seven feet three inches could pass into
Pamlico Sound. No
vessel either could pass outside the bar drawing over thirteen feet of water,
unless very skillfully piloted, consequently the steamer New York, on the 18th
instant, struck on the outside of the bar. The New York was loaded with a cargo
valued at two hundred thousand dollars, consisting of powder, rifles, and bombs,
and proved a total loss. The captain and crew, after bravely remaining in the
rigging for forty hours, were saved. The gun-boat Zouave dragged her anchors,
had a hole stove in her bottom, and sunk. She is a total loss. Her crew and guns
were saved. The steamer Pocahontas went ashore on the 17th instant, near the
light-house, and became a total wreck. Ninety valuable horses belonging to the
Rhode Island battery were on board of her, and were nearly all drowned,
including several valued at five hundred dollars each. The Grapeshot, in tow of
the New Brunswick, parted her hawser and went down. The crew were saved. An
unknown schooner loaded with oats, and another schooner, name unknown, and six
of her crew, were also lost on the beach. The steamer Louisiana struck on the
bar, where she still remains. The report of her having been burned is entirely
incorrect. She may get off. The Eastern Queen and the Voltigeur are also ashore.
The latter will probably get off.
The water vessels attached to the
expedition had not reached their destination when the Eastern State left; and
had it not been for the condensers on board some of the vessels, and a vessel on
shore, the most terrible sufferings must have occurred among the troops. As it
was the water casks were composed of old whisky, camphene, and kerosene oil
The current was running at the
rate of five miles an hour, and the chop seas prevented General Burnside from
answering any signals of distress or communicating with his generals. At one
moment flags would appear with Union down on a number of vessels, indicating
want of water, coal, and provisions, and then would be lost from view.
The special correspondent of the
Times wrote on 23d :
It commenced blowing yesterday
noon, and by 2 o'clock P.M. we thought the gale had culminated. Mistaken
mortals! We had not been "raised hereabout," and this accounts for our
inexperience. During the night the gale increased, knocking up an ugly chopping
sea, and obliging all the vessels to let go both anchors and pay out all their
chain. Strenuous efforts were made to get the Admiral over, but the attempt
proved abortive, and during the night-tide another ineffectual trial was made.
It was a fruitless contest with the elements, and she remained foundering on the
"swash." To-day, affairs in the harbor are in a deplorable state. The severity
of the gale prevents all communication between the vessels of the fleet. The
Admiral is nearly out of water; her coal is exhausted, and no coal means no
water. A vessel with 300 troops (Massachusetts Twenty-fourth) on board, within
as many hundred yards of us, has her colors set in the rigging, Union down. She
is probably in the same condition with ourselves—no water on board. Here comes a
boat from the Cossack, covered with the feathery spray. She comes alongside of
the Admiral, and the officer hands General Burnside a message. It is a cry for
water. Six hundred troops of the Fifty-first Pennsylvania Regiment on board, and
six reporters, and no water—nor whisky. The General reads the letter with
moistened eyes, and frankly informs the messenger that their only resource is to
go to the Southfield for It. If the gale continues there will soon be water.
Water nowhere, and not a drop to drink. There are, also, fears that the Admiral
may knock a hole in her by this constant pounding on the hard sand of the midway
Twelve o'clock, and no sign of
the gale abating; on the contrary, otherwise. As far as the eye can discern
through the drifting mist the bay is one broad sheet of white foam, resembling a
plain of newly-fallen snow. Dark clouds
sweep down from the north, and,
with their murky edges, seem almost to touch the vessel's masts as they go
careening by, casting their gloomy shadows over the fleet, which sways and
staggers under the mighty storm. A single person here and there appears on some
vessel's deck, holding on by the rail or rigging, and a few scattering groups
are seen pacing the beach, as if in search of shelter from the fury of the
blast. The tents of the Twenty-fourth Massachusetts, which were yesterday
pitched upon the beach, have all been swept away, and the poor soldiers must
have spent a fearful night, exposed to the peltings of the pitiless storm; and
yet there is a worse night before them. Beyond, where their straggling forms are
seen strolling on the beach, the billows of old ocean break along the shore,
tossing the spray from their snowy crests high into the air. It is a spectacle
truly grand. Camps Wool and Winfield, as well as the Rhode Island Battery, whose
unsheltered horses and men were only yesterday put down on the beach, must have
General Burnside, who thus far
has maintained his accustomed cheerfulness and resolution under all this load of
responsibility, watches the careering storm from the deck of the Admiral, and
seems weighed down with these accumulating misfortunes. His whole concern is for
the army. Occasionally he is heard to exclaim, in suppressed tones, "This is
terrible!" "When will the storm abate ?" "The poor men, what will they do?" No
one will wonder that such a man is beloved by his men. But he is not the
Almighty, to say to the winds, "Be still." Nor a Moses, with power to smite the
rock, and bid the waters to gush forth to supply their wants. They must wait on
Providence, whose ways are past finding out, and who "doeth all things well."
The General says he rests in the assurance that some wise purpose will be
accomplished by those strange adversities. We are, he says, as so many grains of
sand in the hands of the Almighty. The condition of Napoleon before Moscow, or
the old Massachusetts Governer at the siege of Louisburg, seem only fitting
parallels to his situation. Yet he seems as strong-hearted as on the day on
which he set sail from Annapolis. With such a leader let no one despair of the
result. The heavens are only overcast—the sun has not gone out.
The largest of the pictures on
page 101 represents Fort Hatteras, with Fort Clarke in the distance. We
illustrated the spot very fully at the time
General Butler first occupied it.
The view now given is taken from the inlet. At high-water the fort is an island,
and the troops travel to the gun shown in the fore-ground of our picture on a
plank-bridge resting on barrels. The stakes on the left of the picture mark the
graves of soldiers; the building on the right is devoted to the condensing of
water by the aid of patent condensers. Captain Morris, of the First Artillery,
is in command of the post.
One of the designs at the top of
the page shows us the steamer George L. Peabody unshipping the horses of the
Rhode Island Artillery at Fort Hatteras. Another presents a view of the steamer
Zouave sinking in Hatteras Inlet on 14th January; and also of the steamer New
York on the bar, with her foremast and smoke-stack gone, and the hulk going to
pieces. The third depicts the Hotel d'Afrique, a building erected near Fort
Hatteras for the reception of contrabands. There are upward of forty there now.
The darkey with the pipe is " boss" of the establishment, and obligingly sat to
be sketched by our correspondent.
The difficulties attending the
entrance of General Burnside's expedition to Pamlico Sound will be understood by
reference to the CHART on page 103, reduced from charts of the Coast Survey
Department, drawn by A. Schoepff, now General in our army in Kentucky. The
shallow water is represented on our chart by tints, one showing depths of less
than six feet, the other presenting water varying from six to twelve feet deep.
Between the edge of the tint and the dotted line the water is from twelve to
eighteen feet in depth, within the dotted line over eighteen feet or three
fathoms. It will be seen that shallow sand spits, over which the sea rolls in
dangerous breakers, extend from the shore into the ocean for more than a mile on
each side of the narrow channel through which vessels pass into the Sound on the
course indicated by the line. After passing the second inner buoy, a vessel
bound into the Sound must change its course from northwest by west to northeast.
After about a mile on this northeast course another buoy is reached, which is at
the beginning of the shallow Swash Channel. The course from this point is north
a little over a mile, when another buoy directs the pilot to a northwest course;
and after a mile in this direction is passed two fathoms of water (twelve feet)
is reached, and the navigation of a treacherous Sound is before him. So many
shallow points lie about that only by this devious course of over six miles can
vessels enter the Sound through this inlet.
To the west of Fishing Shoal is a
limited anchorage for vessels drawing over twelve feet water. This is sometimes
called Oliver's Channel, and is entirely unprotected from the winds; and here
were the six-score vessels of our fleet tossed, careened, and dragged by the
storm. The Swash Channel has hut seven feet of water, except immediately after
high winds from the northeast, north, and northwest, which bring water from the
Sound. The gales which delayed the energetic General Burnside at the inlet
brought a greater depth of water into the Swash Channel, which allowed the
passage of his laden vessels through the intricate sand bars and shifting
shoals. The figures on our chart indicate the depth of water where they are
Throughout Pamlico and Albemarle
Sounds are shallow banks which restrict the navigation of these bodies of water
by even light-draught vessels to particular channels.
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