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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 18. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), General Junius Daniel. an Address delivered before the Ladies' Memorial Association, in Raleigh, N. C, May 10th, 1888. (search)
was elected colonel of the Forty-third regiment at its organization, but declined the office in favor of a promising young officer, who had given decided evidence of ability. He also declined the command of the Second cavalry in favor of Colonel Sol. Williams, saying, with the frankness of the true soldier, Williams is a better man, for he is par excellence a cavalryman, so put him there. He first served as colonel of the Forty-fifth under General Holmes, who discovered his fine qualificationWilliams is a better man, for he is par excellence a cavalryman, so put him there. He first served as colonel of the Forty-fifth under General Holmes, who discovered his fine qualification as a soldier, and recommended him for promotion, asking that he might be assigned to duty under him. The Government found itself embarrassed with brigadier-generals, while suffering from poverty of brigades. This application was denied, but an officer of that grade was tendered to General Holmes, who declined, saying you can keep your generals; I can get along with my colonels. From this time until he received his commission as brigadier-general he served under three department commanders,