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The Daily Dispatch: March 7, 1862., [Electronic resource], The battle-field around Fort Donelson. (search)
would have stood alone. It is doubtful whether suffering was greater, though it was longer, in the retreat of the French from Moscow. Let no one hereafter say that our soldiers are paid too much. Most of the horses of many of our batteries were shot down. They had been well trained and stood fire well. The horse is the most intelligent of all animals. He has a thinking eye, it sparkles with inquiry as you approach him. He loves music, and in the horrors of battle is not afraid. Herodotus calls the horse as ranger, perhaps he was so little understood, Saturday morning, when the enemy came on in heavy columns with knapsacks on, and three times were driven back with tremendous slaughter, some batteries were ordered to positions which the enemy had before a little while occupied. The horses hesitated not to tread on the wounded, dying and dead, and the ponderous artillery wheels crushed limbs and skulls. It was an awful sight to behold weak, wounded men lifting their feeble