The Story of One Regiment in the War of the Rebellion

The Story of One Regiment in the War of the Rebellion

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...Plaisted, Hill--were kindly commanders, always appealing to the best there was in their men, whether in camp or field, and their example and monitions were copied by all their officers, from captains to corporals. But we did punish sometimes, and when we did, it was up to the full measure of the misdemeanor--but always without malice. Never in our regiment was seen the sight some of us saw at Carver Barracks, when an artillery officer had a drunken artilleryman strapped to a spare wheel, strapped and gagged; and while the wretch struggled and groaned in his distress--for to be strapped to a wheel, with back bent over the hub and the weight halfhanging on stretched out legs and arms, cannot be a comfortable position--while the wretch struggled, groaned, and cursed as best he could, the officer stood over him and raved and cursed in shocking rivalry, with the men of the battery standing with scowling faces, only kept from wreaking vengeance for their comrade by the knowledge that it would be mutiny, and that the punishment for mutiny was death. We aimed to shame our culprits rather than to martyrize them. Standing on the head of a barrel was apt to make a man look and feel ridiculous. And when sent to the guard-house, the necessity of doing the foulest camp-cleaning while a prisoner rather took away from the pleasure of idleness; and when tied up by the thumbs, the knowledge that he need only keep his painful tiptoe position until he would beg pardon and promise better fashions soon brought him to his senses. Some one of our shrewd Yankee officers invented a cure for cowardice, too--one that worked like a charm. When two men retreated in an action long before the word to fall back was given, they found that the necessity of standing in an elevated...
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  • Paperback | 190 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 349g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236633547
  • 9781236633545