A FTER the surrender of Vicksburg, the regiment went into camp on a high hill inside the Confederate lines and to the northwest of Fort Hill, overlooking the graveyard road. Along this valley road supplies were passed from Vicksburg to Pemberton's left wing during the siege. In this valley our sharp shooters had killed "Price's camel," used as a pack animal by the Confederates. His skeleton was picked up and his bones made into finger rings and other ornaments and sold to curiosity hunters from the North. When the supply was exhausted, the bones of cattle slain for beef were substituted, the souvenir fiend being fully satisfied they were a part of "Price's camel."
The tree under which Grant and Pemberton met was dug up, every root and limb carried away as keep-sakes and mementoes of the great event. Blocks and limbs from other trees found their way into the curiosity market and were readily accepted as parts of the famous tree.
The importance of the great campaign was recognized at Washington. Gen. Halleck wrote to Gen. Grant as follows: