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Text for Page 070 [03-23-1862]

		Fortress Monroe.
of the future Confederacy.    Hampton, then a char-
ming river-side village, with neat hotels, hand-
some houses and cottages of gentility, with its old
church and historical associations was 
adjacent; Norfolk not far off, Richmond within
half a day�s journey.     All the surroundings
were delightful and patrician.      The debarka-
tion of an invading army had, of course, changed
all this.    The waters of Hampton Roads were
all alive with constantly-arriving transports;
the living freight being for the most part una-
ware of its destination.         On the wharf, I found
Steiner once of the World, now of the Herald,
who introduced me to a Mr Brigham of the Tri-
bune, who incontinently took charge of me.   Af-
ter getting a pass, by the exhibition of the Secre-
tary of War�s letter, we, including Hall, went
into the Fort and witnessed an inspection, or
review by Gen. Wool, the Prince de Joinville
accompanying.    Wool, a man of eighty, sat his
horse well; Joinville looked unmistakeably jolly.
The regiment, the 10th New York, looked well
in its bright Zouave uniform, the band played
the shon sun shone and every thing was exhila-
rating.      We took a walk round the fort after-
wards, went to the Quartermasters and Post
Office and then to the Hygeia Hotel � which
name to an Englishman has a Morisonian,               
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