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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 25. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The private soldier of the C. S. Army, and as Exemplified by the Representation from North Carolina. (search)
n arms to whom disaster might prove more irreparable. The private soldiers were conscious of all this while it was passing. Never did the rank and file of an army hold a heavier share in the anxieties, the fearful looking for of their commanders. There are occasions in the experience of regiments, brigades and armies, when they rise superior to themselves, when the enemy, astounded by their audacity, stand at attention and applaud the on-coming host. In that epic campaign, Gideon, Sampson, Barak and David were outdone. Once in the supreme crisis of a great battle, when the earth trembled like a heated oven, and the battalion hesitated, a private soldier of well earned renown, appealed to them to go forward and strike home for their cause. Persisting in his appeal, he said: They that love God go forward. Every human virtue was repeated during that struggle. The glimpse mercifully given us of the Chevalier Bayard constituting the rear guard of his army, done to death