but was always in the thick of the action.
He was commended in reports, brevetted first lieutenant for distinguished service at Molino-del-Rey (but deaths in that battle brought him full first lieutenancy), and for “acquitting himself most nobly” at Chapultepec
he received the brevet of captain.
Yet these honours do not show him so much out of the common as what quietly happened between him and General Worth
at San Cosme
He had found a belfry which commanded an important position of the enemy; and to the top of this he, with a few men, had managed to get a mountain howitzer.
Presently General Worth
observed, and sent a staff officer for him — Pemberton
, of Vicksburg
Worth “expressed his gratification at the services the howitzer in the church steeple was doing, . . . and ordered a captain of voltigeurs to report to me with another howitzer. . . . I could not tell the general that there ”