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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 18. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 5 (search)
id in his emphatic manner: Yes, I consider General Schofield much the ablest soldier and the highest gentleman who has occupied that office since I have known it. Such a tribute from such a source must be very gratifying to such a soldier as Schofield is. And you know just praise is the breath of the soldier's life and its highest aim. The best shot. The General bitterly deplored the long inaction which his severe wounds at Seven Pines enforced upon him. When he was lying at Mr. Joseph H. Crenshaw's, in Richmond, where he was brought from the field, his medical director, Dr. Fauntleroy, told me an old Virginian called to pay his respects and sympathy. He Said: Not only do we deplore this cruel affliction upon you, General, but we feel it to be a national calamity. No, sir, said Johnston fiercely, rising suddenly upon his unbroken elbow, The shot that struck me down was the best ever fired for the Southern Confederacy, for I possessed in no degree the confidence of this G
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 18. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 6 (search)
e them to the General myself. He replied, I am your superior officer, and have the right to order you. I said, Superior officer or not, you will not get this sword and these pistols unless you are a better man than I am, and I don't think you are. I then hastened to General Johnston, and we carried him several miles towards Richmond, to a house where we stayed all night, and had his wounds dressed by a surgeon. Brought to Richmond. The next day, the 31st of May, we moved him to Mr. Crenshaw's home on Church Hill, in Richmond, where he remained until he was convalescent, I remaining with him by his order until he recovered from his wound, except the time during the seven days battle, when he ordered me to report to General R. E. Lee as courier. General Johnston thanked me for recovering his sword and pistols, which were of the finest make, being a present from the inventor, Colonel Colt. The General made me a present of one of the pistols, and had on it engraved, From Gener