The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 39, July 1935 - April, 1936 Page: 12
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of Port Hudson which constituted forty-seven days of bombard-
ments and four assaults. I carried every order that Miles gave
along the firing line during the entire time. The surrender of
Port Hudson was at nine o'clock the ninth day of July which
terminated my military service in 1863.
The proudest moment of my life during that siege was the
remark of some private soldier, "There goes the gallant little
soldier that took our colors and rallied us at Baton Rouge."
My prison experience was very momentous. Eating old rotten
beans and rancid bacon and not sleeping under enough cover
was pretty bad. I was kept at Johnson Island in prison until
about the first of February, and was in company with a detach-
ment of prisoners started to Monroe to be exchanged, but when
we reached Fortress Monroe the news was communicated that
Richmond had fallen. We were then landed at a prison on the
Atlantic shore. We had been in prison there but a very few
days when the startling news came that President Lincoln was
assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. That intelligence cast a
deep gloom upon both Confederates and Federals.
Two or three days after the assassination Captain Hinds of
Morgan's Command of Kentucky Cavalry told me that Lincoln
was murdered by Wilkes Booth because Booth's particular friend,
Captain Bell of Maryland, was allowed to be hung as a con-
demned spy in New York City. Booth previously had sought
an interview with the president. On bended knee he pled for
the commutation of the sentence. Mr. Lincoln promised to save
Bell's life. He broke his promise. That was told me four days
after Lincoln was killed. Fifty years later 1 read the same thing
in the newspapers.
When we were in prison we looked for exchange every day,
but I couldn't get an exchange because the government had me
marked. We were transferred from the prison at Fort McHenry
and from Fort McHenry to Fort Delaware. I was paroled after
the collapse of the South and at the end of the war, June 12th,
1865. I had a very pleasant time through the kindness of friends
staying one week in Philadelphia and then traveling home by
rail to Cairo, from Cairo to New Orleans, and from New Orleans
home. I arrived at home in San Augustine July 4th, 1865.
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