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Civil War Harper's Weekly, March 26, 1864

Welcome to our online archive of Civil War Harper's Weekly newspapers. These newspapers allow in depth study of the important events of the war, and yield insight not available through the study of modern resources alone.

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Ulric Dahlgren

Salmon Chase Will Not Run for President

Sherman Expedition

General Sherman's Expedition

Mobile Defenses

Mobile Defenses

Soldier's Voting


Ulric Dahlgren Death

Grant and Lincoln

General Grant and Abraham Lincoln


Mobile Alabama

Custer's Raid

Custer's Raid on the Rapidan





MARCH 26, 1864.]


WE give on page 204 an illustration showing the position of the Federal fleet off the harbor of Mobile, together with the defenses of the harbor. At last accounts (25th ult.) Admiral FARRAGUT was bombarding Fort Powell, which commands Grant's Pass, on the left of the picture. This fort is bomb-proof, but, under the vigorous fire directed against it, could not, it was believed at the date of the latest advices, long hold out. The reduction of this fort is necessary to enable FARRAGUT to send his mosquito fleet through the Pass into the harbor of Mobile, by which he will cut off forts Gaines and Morgan. The distance from Fort Powell is thirty miles, nine of which are through a narrow channel, with its banks fortified the entire distance. Fort Morgan is a very strong work, protected on the sea front by a strong water-battery of masonry and turf. The fort and battery, with their full battery, mount forty-five guns, mostly Columbiads of heavy calibre. Fort Gaines is situated on Dauphin's Island Point, three miles and one fourth from and nearly opposite Fort Morgan, and is heavily mounted. Vessels drawing more than seven and a half feet are compelled to pass between these forts; and obstructions placed in the channel will make the passage for FARRAGUT still more difficult.

Mobile is one of the largest cities on the Gulf, and is fairly environed by defenses thrown up during the last two years. The authorities, however, do not appear to feel secure against assault ; for on the 25th ult. the Mayor of the city issued a proclamation requesting all non-combatants to leave the city, intimating that its capture was not impossible, and that in any case, if the city should be besieged, suffering might result from the want of supplies.


THE 4th of March was the beginning of a new era in the history of Louisiana. Not only was the Federal authority on that day formally re-established, but a State Administration fully in accord with the liberal spirit of the times was installed amidst the rejoicings of thousands of citizens. The inauguration of MICHAEL HASHN, the Governor elect, whose portrait we here give, was attended by a grand and imposing display—all the school-children of the city, all the veteran and volunteer soldiers, all the Federal and city officials participating in the demonstration. The inauguration ceremonies took place in Lafayette Square, which was densely crowded with people. Mr. HAHN, when formally installed, delivered his Inaugural Address, pledging himself to an unconditionally loyal policy, and taking high ground in favor of the extinction of Slavery, which he denominated the cause of all our present troubles.

Governor HAHN was born in Bavaria, Germany, in the year 1830, and is consequently in the thirty-fourth year of his age. He came to this country when a mere child, his mother settling in New York city. When ten years of age, he went with his mo-

ther and sisters to Texas, whence, some time after, they removed to New Orleans, where Mr. Hahn has ever since resided. In 1840 his mother died of yellow fever. At the age of 18 he commenced the study of the law, and at 20 graduated with honor at the Louisiana University, at once taking a prominent position in the community.

In politics Mr. HAHN was always a Democrat, and in the last Presidential campaign was a member of the DOUGLAS Executive Committee. When secession was first proposed in the spring of 1861, he took strong ground against it, and during all

the time the rebels ruled in New Orleans refused to fall in with the prevailing madness. Upon the occupation of New Orleans by our forces he was among the first to step forward to the help of General BUTLER. In December, 1862, Mr. HAHN was elected to Congress, where he some became recognized as a man of undoubted patriotism and ability. He was elected Governor in February last by a majority of 996 over both competitors, in a total vote of 11,346, every loyal paper in the State supporting his claims for the exalted and responsible position.



The sunshine quivered on the quivering poplars That grow beside the stream;

And o'er the distant hills there seemed a glory, A gold and purple gleam ;

And I know That even in the March wind there was music, And in the river's flow.

I loved to hear the sighing of the water,

To mark its green depths shine;

But more I loved two brown eyes, calm and tender, A dear hand clasped in mine;   

For I know If thought that love would last forever, changeless, Though rivers ceased to flow.

Gone is the sunshine from the quivering poplars, The glory from the land;

Gone, the brown eyes that made the sunshine brighter, And gone the clasping hand;

But I know My tears are like the river—ah, the river! That can not cease to flow.


THE Fashions for March are very much modified by the Siberian state of the temperature during the latter part of February. An exaggeration has been developed in the head-dress, which has become an amphitheatre composed of flowers, feathers, ribbons, velvet, and precious stones. On account of the space taken up in this manner, polite husbands mount the box by the side of the coachman. The more permanent bonnet, however, it is officially announced, is to lose in the coming Spring all that the head-dress has gained. The chapeaux are no longer to be high floral expositions, but almost flat over the forehead, close fitting to the outline of the face, and small in proportion every way; thus returning to the style so long adopted in England, which often indicated in Paris the nationality of the pretty British tourist contrasted with the Parisian belles, who now affect the black silk or velvet bonnet, ornamented with jet, per preference. Other colors, mostly in velvet, are admissible, but neutral shades are the most distingues.


Fig. 1. Evening Dress.—Lilac end taffety robe, with open corsage. The lapels are in red, blue, and green plaid velvet, buttoning over the waist by a double row of buttons. The waistband and cuffs are likewise in velvet plaid; but from the former depends a long and wide silk tartan streamer. The chemisette is embroidered and provided with a small upright collar, fastened with a narrow light blue cravat. Fig. 2. Ball Dress.—White tulle robe, trimmed with six flounces of hollow plaits. Over the robe are placed three jupes of plain tulle, forming a tunic, and drawn up at the side by it bouquet of flowers to which they are attached. Pointed corsage, provided with drapery, fastened at the shoulders and in the centre with small roses. The coiffure is of the latest mode, the hair being raised in front and ornamented with an abundance of flowers. Fig.. 3. Carriage Dress.—Light green velvet robe of the style known as the style Prineesse, trimmed above the seem, round the pockets, and on the sleeves with rolls of fur. The front of the skirt and of the corsage is closed with black velvet buttons. Brown velvet bonnet of the modified form, decorated with a feather fastened to the top of the crown by a large rose, similar to that ornamenting the front of the chapeau.


Michael Hawn




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