The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 57, July 1953 - April, 1954 Page: 96
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many visitors. There were preparations made also for a grand dance,
but it proved a failure as the thing was too big.
At night a party was given by Waterhouse's Brigade on board the
capacious steamboat, LaFourche. I went down in company with Cap-
tain Blair and Dr. Hollis by invitation from one of the committees.
Found, however, when we arrived that it was rather an aristocratic
affair given especially to Generals Smith, Forney, MaGruder, Fagan,
Boggs and Staffs, and were expected to pay $3o per head in order that
we might have the privilege of standing in the corners and look on,
while the Chiefs' retinues danced. When we learned this much, we
asked to be excused-and they, fool-like I suppose, excused us. So we
(smiled) and at once set out for our quarters. There ended the great
Fete given in honor to the boys for their bravery displayed at Mans-
field and Pleasant Hill.
The idea that we are going to Texas, though postponed, has not as
yet been countermanded. But the prevailing impression now is that
it is knocked in the head. My impression is that when the rivers get
down again, we will move into Texas, if for nothing else to be con-
venient to provisions. This is, of course, provided no enemy makes
their appearance during high waters. We are here, to say the least,
so long as the rivers remain high.
We are living tolerably well at this time-get flour, some bacon,
pickled beef and molasses as well as sugar sometimes. Our Division
Genl is ahead of any yet in this Department. He is what the boys call
a Dead'ner on the field.
Brigade and Division drill is all the go with sham battles, in which
we fire one round then change; reviews, etc. Has a Squadron Cavalry to
follow the Division during drill, whose duty it is to pick up the drags
and those who step momentarily aside to attend the calls of nature.
These are collected and made to walk a ring while the drill goes on.
But the boys take it all in fun.
But my paper is full. I must therefore draw to a close. Remember
me to all old friends, Respects to Mrs. Black. I am with much respect,
as ever your friend-
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