A Singular spectacle in battle.
At the battle of Stone River
, while the men were lying behind a crest waiting, a brace of frantic wild turkeys, so paralyzed with fright that they were incapable of flying, ran between the lines and endeavored to hide among the men. But the frenzy among the turkeys was not so touching as the exquisite fright of the birds and rabbits.
When the roar of battle rushed through the cedar thickets, flocks of little birds fluttered and circled above the field in a state of utter bewilderment, and scores of rabbits fled for protection to the men lying down in line on the left, nestling under their coats and creeping under their legs in a state of utter distraction.
They hopped over the field like toads, and as perfectly tamed by fright as household pets.
Many officers witnessed it, remarking it as one of the most curious spectacles ever seen upon a battle-field.