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turned back to our train. We encamped about 8 miles north of Montgomery Hill.

On Monday the day following we searched Stockton, nothing of note occurring.

On Tuesday at about 4 Oclk, we arrived at Blakely opposite Mobile.

At Tensaw Station I had left Lieut. Sennoh with orders to cross over to Mobile in the Steamer "Senator," report our arrival at Blakely, and request a boat to take us across.

Lieut. Sennoh accomplished his mission and on Wednesday morning a Quartermaster boat reported to me at Blakely. We reached Mobile at about 2 O'clk Wednesday when I discharged my escort.

A few remarks in conclusion,
Throughout the Country over which I traveled a different sentiment is obtaining possession of the people, while a few months ago outrages upon freedmen were frequent and cruel, in many sections this is changed. I am aware and I know that too much of this oppression towards these people is still practiced, but with the opening of the avenues of intelligence and in some parts the presence of a military force. I can but believe this will pass away. While the people have faith only in slavery, as a successful mode of labor they recognize the fact that the negro must still be the laborer. Where 

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