The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 13, July 1909 - April, 1910 Page: 46
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46 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
tinguished more as a day of amusements balls dances excellence
and variety of the markets than as a day of sanctity and rest-
very few stores are closed and drays and carts run without inter-
mission. The French soldiery attend mass in the morning in full
uniform and the rest of the day in parading and exercise at the
guns Walked down with three or four of our Compy to the battle
ground-five miles below the corporation-charmed witb the ele-
gance of taste displayed by gentlemen residents at their different
mansions on the river-the eye rests with rapture on the beautiful
groves and hedges of the orange tree in its survey of the fascinating
scenery enriched by the profuse variety of fruits and shrubbery
skilfully arranged and intermingled one with the other-reached
the field Of carnage-now covered with stalks of sugar cane and
corn-the plane is here about one mile in breadth perfectly level
and widening with the course of the river-the only vestige of that
day's glorious triumph of Freedom is the intrenchment extending
from the shore of the Mississippi to an impassable swamp; being
about one mile in length-this trench is about 10 or 12 feet in
width by 4 or 5 in depth, in many places nearly filled-here then
I stood and silently surveyed the scene for this was a wide field
for meditation-at this point the gallant foe was found in heaps
of slain-here "blood burst and smoked around"-here the cries
and groans of the wounded and expiring were heard "as when a
thousand ghosts shriek at once upon the hollow wind"--there the
British chieftan fell and yonder stand the two lonely trees where
his remains were embalmed as a sad solace for the afflictions of
kindred spirits in a foreign land-at a distance of one hundred
and fifty yards in the rear of the intrenchment is the beautiful
seat when whence genl. Jackson viewed the battle raging, a spec-
tator of the deeds of arms while Fame was weaving around his
brow a chaplet of immortality too dazzling alas! for the visions
of thousands boasting themselves discerners of the intrinsic merits
of man-when shall we be able to discriminate and know that "it
is not all gold that glitters" ? that there are things apparently all
glorious in themselves that shine but with a borrowed lustre--
light that is not their own.
Returned. Were detained in Orleans much longer than we an-
ticipated--often disappointed in our prospects of leaving a City
with which we had already become most heartily disgusted-some
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