soon discovered to be an irreverent hackman; but the nick-name made the youthful soldiers laugh — they accepted it. They were thenceforth known to all their friends and acquaintances as the Revolutionary ducks.
The Revolutionnaires marched to Manassas at the end of May, 1861, and a few days after their arrival one of the South Carolinians camped there, asked me if I had seen the little General, meaning General Beauregard, who had just assumed command.
The little General visited the battery, entreville, and sent the order --but it never arrived.
Thus the Third was cheated of the glory which they would have won in this great movement; and despite the shells which burst for four days in the trenches, they are not entitled to inscribe Manassas on their flag.
Two days after the battle they were ordered to advance with General Bonham to Vienna.
All obeyed but the Third, which being seized with a violent desire to go to Alexandria instead of Vienna, gave the rest the slip, joined Co