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llantry in the ranks, were either elected to office by their fellow soldiers, or promoted upon special recommendation of their superiors.
The description which Mr. Caldwell gives of the condi- tion of the troops at this time is so graphic, and the writer, from his observations and experiences, knows it to be so true to the facts, that he quotes it here entire, as applicable to all the commands of Lee's army, after their marches and battles and toil and suffering in the memorable months of August and September, 1862:
It is difficult to describe the condition of the troops at this time, so great and various was their wretchedness.
They were sunburnt, gaunt, ragged, scarcely at all shod —specters and caricatures of their former selves.
Since the beginning of August they had been almost constantly on the march, had been scorched by the sultriest sun of the year, had been drenched with the rain and the heavy dews peculiar to this latitude, had lost much night rest, had worn out the