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John G. B. Adams, Reminiscences of the Nineteenth Massachusetts Regiment, Chapter 16: the capture and return to Columbia. (search)
d we would have a right hard time with this fellow. The imp of darkness who commanded the place was a Tennesseean, named Moore. He was surrounded by a gang of cut-throats, mostly deserters from our army, who, having jumped all the bounties possibl was very imperfect and of no real value; but in it I had noted the places where we had stopped while out, and I felt if Moore got it the negroes who had assisted us would suffer, so I gave it to him. Soon after Moore came in. He swore at us colMoore came in. He swore at us collectively, by detachments and individually. Looking at me he said, I swear you look like the breaking up of a hard winter. He drew us into line and the picking began. Frank had a corps badge that he had made while at Charleston; it was cut out ofthe pen they were nearly naked. The pen was very filthy; the mules had recently vacated, and it had not been cleaned. Moore said, Make yourselves as miserable as possible, and I hope to God not one of you will be alive in the morning. Gangs of