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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Massachusetts in the Army and Navy during the war of 1861-1865, vol. 1, Mass. officers and men who died. 2 0 Browse Search
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by the enemy and held a prisoner for a year, at a time when non-combatant chaplains were promptly exchanged. Apart from such extremes, we often come upon hints, in the books of personal reminiscences, of the errors or incompetence of individual chaplains. See, for instance, Lincoln's 34th Mass. Infantry, pp. 92, 105; Putnam's Co. A, 25th Mass., p. 186. On the other hand, there was no limit to the respect and gratitude inspired by some other Massachusetts chaplains, as, for instance, Rev. G. S. Ball (21st Infantry) and Rev. J. F. Moors (52d Infantry). To these might be added Father Scully (9th Infantry), whom Sheridan is said to have pronounced the pluckiest little devil of a chaplain he ever saw. It is a merit of civil war, that, while often bitterer than any other, it usually discloses little of the incidental or secondary cruelties of war,—as personal outrage or torture, wanton havoc or personal plunder. Of plundering there was a good deal at the outset, and there is little