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Page) which it traverses. HOWARD moved against the enemy's line
nearer the coast on the lower Combahee ; and while
SLOCUM crossed the Edisto west of Branchville
to Orangeburg on the road to Columbia,
HOWARD with the Fifteenth and Seventeenth Corps
isolated the rebel position on the south side. We illustrate on page 136 the
burning of M 'Phersonville by our forces. This place was five miles west of
A dispatch from the rebel General
WHEELER, dated the 7th, claims to have driven back a portion of
In the mean time General
General FOSTER in the command of the army
operating directly against
Charleston. Our forces gained a foothold on
Little Britain, an island at the upper end of the North Edisto. On the 10th a
force from two to four thousand strong landed at Grimball's, on James Island, in
Charleston Harbor, about two miles west of the
city. On the 18th Charleston was evacuated by
General HARDEE, and
Admiral DAHLGREN took possession. In this
connection the illustration of Fort Sumter, which we have engraved on pages 136
and 137, possesses great interest. The fort, which has been transformed into an
earth work, and is much more formidable than at the beginning of the war, is now
in our possession. The old
Union flag again waves over the fort. It was
raised at 9 A.M. on the 18th. In the mean while the city of Charleston was in
flames. As WHEELER'S cavalry had plundered
Columbia before leaving it, so the rebel
officers, regardless of all motives of humanity toward the thousands of helpless
citizens they were about to leave behind them in Charleston, had, previous to
their evacuation, prepared for the destruction of the city. The first explosion
took place at 3 o'clock in the morning. Simultaneously with the explosion flames
broke out in different parts of the city. While the unfortunate citizens were
trying to extinguish the flames, a second explosion took place, causing a
terrible loss of life. Our forces took possession at
about 6 A.M. The citizens were
frantic with horror at the loss of their homes and the mutilation of their
friends. Our brave soldiers did their best to arrest the progress of the flames,
but it is estimated that two thirds of the city must have been destroyed. A
great amount of artillery was captured with the city.
On the 17th SHERMAN took
possession of Columbia, the capital of South Carolina, situated upon the Santee
River. The movement of the left wing on Orangeburg compelled
BEAUREGARD to fall back on Columbia. He has now
withdrawn toward Charlotte, in North Carolina. SHERMAN has advanced in the same
direction. We give on page 140 a map of Columbia.
While SHERMAN is making such
rapid progress in South Carolina our armies are not standing idle in the old
General SCHOFIELD has been assigned to the
command of the Department of North Carolina, and a good portion of his corps has
united with TERRY'S victorious army in the operations against Wilmington.
TERRY made an advance on the 11th with AMES'S
and PAYNE'S divisions, moving up the peninsula. Admiral PORTER'S fleet
co-operated. The Montgomery and Quaker City covered the advance of the army. The
double-enders Mackinaw and Unadilla, the gun-boat Huron and the
Monitor Montauk engaged Fort Anderson on the
west side. We illustrate this bombardment on page 140. Our correspondent says
that the object of the action was to ascertain the strength of the work and the
number of guns, and having accomplished this the vessels withdrew.
STEAM was up, the train was off,
and Tom Graham in it en route for
Chattanooga ; fairly in stream, as it were, and
knowing no more what was to happen next than you do, only bobbing about in the
tide of events and looking out sharp to see if Fortune was going to toss him a
life preserver, or if her ladyship intended to let him drown.
Beside him sat a lady, the only
one in the car; ten years older than himself that is, thirty-five with an
audacious turned up nose, sarcastic lips, a square, determined chin too
determined for a women brilliant brown eyes, and an abundance of hair, thickly
sown with gray; not pretty, but not a nonentity. Many a nonentity contrives to
have a mouth, nose, and eyes without as much expression as went to the making of
her back. Moreover, she had met Graham on his entrance with one of those
flitting, scanning glances with which women take their mental measures; and at
sight of his uniform, and the M. S. on his cap, there had been a sudden dropping
of the lashes, a darkening quicker than a cloud flitting, too slight indeed for
thought, had not Tom been desperate; but drowning men catch at straws.
As the train jogged on they fell
into conversation about the war, of course and, not to put too
fine a point on it, they talked
"bosh," but with the caution of people sounding boggy ground before stepping on
it, you heard the tapping of the sticks all the way; and after a little of the
customary vituperation concerning the Yankees each turned and searched the
other's face. Steady blue eyes looking keenly into bright brown ones, for an
honest hate rings out as heartily as an honest love, and theirs sounded but
hollowly ; but neither could get behind the other's eyes; and the talk veered
about to Northern journals and their account of themselves; and here the cool,
watchful lady warmed apace, and at last flamed out at the "Northern dolls, whom
she would like to lecture if she were only a Mrs. Adams or a Martha Washington,
and cared about them, which she didn't ; and she would tell them that Southern
women turned their diamonds into gun boats, and robbed the very doors and
kitchens of their houses to make arms; and how the Yankee ladies could let their
soldiers go hungry through their great cities, and their families--"
" But don't you see all this is
so much the better for us?" cut in Graham, ice on the surface, but hugging
himself mentally. And the retort brought her fire, as he lied anticipated; for
the indignant little hypocrite, professing rebel sentiments, quite forgot
herself, and bestowed on the rebel officer advancing rebel sentiments a look of
genuine " Union" scorn, blushed the next instant over her mistake, and, grown
suddenly conciliatory and pussy cattish, switched off the conversation on
another track ; to which Tom offered no objection, but believed all the more
firmly in the honesty of that one unguarded look.
" I see you are in the service.
You volunteered, I presume," said the lady.
"Volunteered," repeated Tom, with
a singular intonation. "Well, you can call it so. I entered the army on a
conviction of bayonets (Tossed at the door as my only way of getting out of the
provost marshal's office."
Ah!" his companion bad opened her
lips to say more, but seemed unable or afraid to get out the words. She was
startled entirely out of her highbred repose; her quiet hands twitched
nervously, her color came and went uneasily ; and all the while sat Tom, not
tense and self controlled, but as if self control were not needed ; muscles lax
in his easy indifferent pose; eyes cool, bright, and resting carelessly on
things nearest him ; not the quiver of an eyelash to tell how high leaped his
heart, or how low it sank, as he said to himself,
"Tom, old boy, if that woman's
face is a lie you have your pass to ' kingdom come.'"
The lady drew a long breath.
"Apparently, Sir, you are in the
Surgeon at hospital."
The dash represents the mumble
which Graham substituted for the name.
And were the people of " (with a
ludicrous imitation of the mumble) "patriotic?"
"Rather;' say about boiling
point. The hospital was a sort of Levite among them, and got its dues not only
of corn, wine, and oil, but of fruit, flowers, and jellies; and the girls there
had an excellent habit of being pretty and visiting the wards in person.
"You were in clover then?"
" I could understand scrambling
out of a thistle bed," remarked the lady, with an affectation of being puzzled,
"but considering the scarcity of the other growth along life's highway, it is
odd that you were willing to leave it."
"Ah, madam, I appreciate clover
as keenly as you can, but the calls of business have no respect for clover."