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My Cave Life in Vicksburg. With letters of Trial and Travel
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Title: My Cave Life in Vicksburg. With letters of Trial and Travel

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OUR PARTY SET OUT FOR VICKSBURG--­THE RIDE AND SCENERY--­SCENES DURING THE
FIRST BOMBARDMENT--­VIEW OF THE CITY AND RIVER--­OPENING OF A BATTERY--­THE
ENEMY.

It has been said that the peasants of the Campagna, in their semi-­annual
visits to the Pontine marshes, arrive piping and dancing; but it is seldom
they return in the same merry mood, the malaria fever being sure to affect
them more or less. Although I did not leave Jackson on the night of the
15th piping and dancing, yet it was with a very happy heart and very
little foreboding of evil that I set off with a party of friends for a
pleasant visit to Vicksburg. Like the peasants, I returned more serious
and with a dismal experience. How little do we know with what rapidity
our feelings may change! We had been planning a visit to Vicksburg for
some weeks, and anticipating pleasure in meeting our friends. How gladly,
in a few days, we left it, with the explosions of bombs still sounding in
our ears! How beautiful was this evening: the sun glowed and warmed into

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