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                  Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
of her officers ashore, a sharp ready fellow who
had been in the department since the arrival of
the Union troops there.   On the steepish, sloping
muddy bank we were present when the Mayor
of the city surrendered it to Gen. Grover
The civil functionary was a shabbyish, reserved
man; there were some by-standers, white and
black.  The rebel soldiers who had occupied the 
place had, it appeared, �skedaddled� just before
our arrival.  No attempt at pursuit was made
that I heard of.     With the two Hills and the of-
ficer of the Essex I made the tour of the city,
which looked deserted, most of the houses being 
closed.     Vising the Penitentiary in which the 
Confederate troops had been quartered, we found
plenty of vestiges of their occupation; remains
of mattresses, cotton, tables, greasy bunks, cards,
canteens and other et ceteras of a slovenly camp 
and hurried departure.     Two or three natives
of the place and some negroes followed us, pick-
ing up stray articles.   I found upon the deuce
of clubs this inscription, scrawled in pencil: �You
G_d d____d s_ns of b_____s, if it were not for
your gun boats we would see you in h__l first
before we would leave this place. E. S. S.  The Es-
sex man was very curt and direct in the expression
of his sentiments to the Louisianians.  When one
of them inquired what would have happened if the               
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