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                A Journey to Berwick Bay
out our expedition into the La fourche coun-
try, Schell declining to join us.    Breakfasted
alone at the St Charles, then accompanied
Hills and a Dr Blake, of the Sanitary Com-
mission to the Richelieu restaurant, where they
got a meal, then off.         A sunny April-like
morning succeeding a blusterous night; the
hour early, the streets quiet and unfrequented.
By the ferry-boat to Algiers, and through its
dingy streets to the Railroad depot.     Off west-
wards.       In front of us sat an elderly man
who responded to some remark by a companion
on the number of civilians in the car with
�Northern spies, I reckon.�      Passed Gretna,
Jefferson, and St Charles and at Boutte � a
distance of 24 miles � came to the head-quar-
ters of the 2nd Louisiana colored regiment,
composed of free negroes who had voluntarily
enlisted in the U. S. service.        Here we were
introduced to a Col. S. H. Strafford, who
had been deputy provost-marshal in New
Orleans at the time of the hanging of Mumford,
and superintended the execution.     Onwards.
A flat, low country, thistle-artichokes, corn-
stalks, rotting fields of ungathered sugar-
cane.   Bayous des Allemands, Racellan, Oak
Grove, La Fourche, Terre bonne, Chicka-
houla, Tigerville, L�Ourse � 70 miles.               
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