Monday, March 6, 2017

Diary of 1st Lieutenant John S. Morgan: Saturday, May 6, 1865

About 8.30 hear a boat whistle soon after hear loud cheering at the landing Know the news is good. News soon reaches camp that Genl Taylor has surrendered to Genl Canby & Com. Farring to Admiral Thatcher, that the details at work on the fort have been set to chopping wood for the fleet which the boat was to go up to escort down This Div is ordered to Mobile on the said fleet. I go to the landing & see the steamer Crawford just starting up the river with the white flag on the Jackstaff, she is ½ loaded with parolled soldiers going home Hear that Jonston had surrendered again conditions all right. Every one is in high spirits & the opinion is 4 to 1 that we celebrate the 4th of July at home Every available team Is hauling cord wood from the country to the landing, see a man who says he had just come from Columbus Ky to Mobile by rail, Go to river to bathe in the evening notice the Octarara Is gone Has been quite warm all day.

SOURCE: “Diary of John S. Morgan, Company G, 33rd Iowa Infantry,” Annals of Iowa, 3rd Series, Vol. 13, No. 8, April 1923, p. 598-9

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