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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 30. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.30 (search)
ung man (our overseer's son) had shot him from up the mountainside, some 150 yards from where I was standing. These men were independent and courageous, and often paid but little attention to the discipline imposed by their officers. While Colonel Strange, of Charlottesville, Va., was drilling his regiment in that town a short time before being ordered to the front, he said: Mr. Jones, stand square, sir! Mr. Jones immediately replied: Colonel Strange, I are squar, sir! Mr.Colonel Strange, I are squar, sir! Mr. Jones was a splendid specimen of the mountaineer, and of such material as many of the best Confederate soldiers were made. Yes, we whipped them badly at Manassas, sometimes called the battle of Bull Run by the skedaddlers, for it was the battle of Manassas that gave to the English language the new word skedaddle. So much has been written about this battle that I will not attempt any special description of the disposition of the troops or their manoeuvres, but give you extracts from papers