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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Poetry and Incidents., Volume 6. (ed. Frank Moore), chapter 73 (search)
Joe Parsons, A Maryland brave.--A correspondent of the Boston Transcript, writing from the hospitals of Alexandria, Va., relates the following anecdote: Joe enlisted in the First Maryland regiment, and was plainly a rough originally. As we passed along the hall we first saw him crouched near an open window, lustily singing, I'm a bold soldier boy, and observing the broad bandage over his eyes, I said: What's your name, my good fellow? Joe, sir, he answered, Joe Parsons. And what is the matter with you? Blind, sir, blind as a bat. In battle? Yes, at Antietam; both eyes shot out at one clip. Poor Joe was in the front, at Antietam Creek, and a Minie
but I can't help it, you notice.
I did my dooty — got shot, pop in the eye — an‘ that's my misfort'n, not my fault — as the old man said of his blind hoss.
But-- I'm a bold soldier boy, he continued, cheerily renewing his song; and we left him in his singular merriment.
Poor, sightless, unlucky, but stouthearted Joe Parsons