was quick to see his rights, and brave to enforce them.
While he lived his men had the very best of everything.
We would often be in the enjoyment of plenty to eat and wear, while those around us would be suffering.
was rather old to be in the war; but he filled his place nobly, all the same.
He was beloved by us as boys love their fathers; indeed, he exercised the part of father to many lads who were most too young to venture so far from home.
It was thus the old Fourth started on a career that was to make it immortal.
Promotion was slow, as we would naturally call it. Officers above you had either to die, resign or be killed, or permanently disabled before an advancement would be made.
There was no such thing as general officers saying, on the field of battle or elsewhere: “Lieutenant
, you are hereafter a Captain,” or “Captain
, you are now a Major,” &c., &c. You got your promotion as “next” when a vacancy occurred above you, always provided you passed the “Board of Examiners,” which was no easy matter, you may be sure.
Nevertheless, by bullets and disease, our field officers changed thus: Trabue
resigned, and Monroe
killed at Shiloh
, made Nuckols Lieutenant-Colonel
, and Ingram
, of Company B, transferred to the artillery, and Fitzhenry
, of Company C, resigned, made Roberts
, of Company D, Major
, and then Roberts
was killed at Murfreesboro
, of Company E, being killed at Shiloh
at the time Major Monroe
, his brother, was killed, made Adair
, of Company F, Major
died after receiving promotion to Brigadier-General
, which made Nuckols Colonel
, Adair Lieutenant-Colonel
, of Company G, losing his sight, resigned.
, of Company H, killed at Murfreesboro
, made Thompson
, of Company I, Major
, still suffering from a severe wound received at Shiloh
, was compelled to resign on account of it, making Thompson Lieutenant-Colonel
, and Millett
, of Company K, Major
, who was wounded in every battle, and by continuous suffering from fearful wounds, was retired, making Thompson Colonel
, of Company K, was killed while Major
, First Lieutenant
of Company A (in the beginning) was killed while Major
, leaving, when the war closed, Steele
, two junior First Lieutenants
(in the beginning), waiting for their commissions as Lieutenant-Colonel
By the time we were fully organized diseases incident to recruits in camp commenced to attack our men. From one-fourth to a third, and even half, would be on the sick list at once.
A great many of our boys died without having fired a gun at the enemy.
Thus, when the