the possible effects of a military education had, after all, been realized!
When I showed him the first check from New York, covering my pay account for July, he said that it was enough to ruin any boy in the world.
Indeed, I myself was conscious of the fact that I had not done a stroke of work all that month for those sixty-five and a half dollars; and in order that my father might be convinced of my determination not to let such unearned wealth lead me into dissipation, I at once offered to lend him fifty dollars to pay a debt due to somebody on the Freeport Baptist
Confidence was thereby restored.
My first orders assigned me to duty at Fort Moultrie, South Carolina
, as brevet second lieutenant in the 2d Artillery.
The steamer landed me at Charleston
, September 29, 1853, the day I became twenty-two years of age. The next morning I found myself without money enough to pay my hotel bill and take me over to Sullivan's Island
, but pay was due me for September.
Upon inquiry, I found that the paymaster was not in the city, but that he kept his public funds in the Bank of South Carolina.
Being unacquainted with any of the good people of Charleston
, the well-known rules of banks about identification seemed a serious obstacle.
I presented my pay account at the bank, informing the cashier with a confident air that I was well aware of the fact that the major's money was there, but that the major himself was out of town.
The accomplished cashier, after scrutinizing me for a time, handed me the money.
My older brother officers at the fort had a good laugh at what they were pleased to call my ‘brass’; but I consoled myself with the reflection that I had found out that my face was good for something.
It is an instructive fact that before the Civil War
an officer of the army needed no indorser anywhere in this country.
His check or his pay account was as good as gold.
All that was