[Continuing chapter four]
"I've looked over your paper on denying the Yankees access to the Mississippi," General Magruder said. "I'm a bit concerned about its effect on our own traffic. How do you propose to allow us full access to the river while denying it to the Federals? That could cause you a world of trouble. As could your insistence that their blockade not apply to the mouth of the river." There was a murmur of agreement from a mixed group of Confederate and Canadian officers, which surprised Stewart almost as much as the fact that an equal number of men from both sides of the table seemed to disagree. Fellow-feeling between his comrades and their hosts was not something he wanted to see. He had made no effort to accommodate himself to the views of people he considered to be English, rather than British and Canadian, and couldn't understand why his companions bothered.