Left Donaldsonville. Eighteen of us went to New Orleans where Lieutenant Jones turned over to me the convalescent squad, consisting of eighteen men and three women. He and Corporal Olmstead remained in the city. We crossed the river and took the cars at Algiers for Brashear City, where we arrived at dark. The road passes through what I should say was a salt marsh, being low swampy land covered with cotton-wood trees or a long coarse grass through which crawled slimy snakes and aligators. An ugly looking bird like a crane also inhabits these dismal abodes.
SOURCE: Abstracted from George G. Smith, Leaves from a Soldier's Diary, p. 44