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1 These stragglers, from every arm of the service, were brought to General Beauregard, with no one to take command of them. As he was looking around in search of a temporary leader to march them off to the front, his eye fell on a young officer just then passing near him, whose soldierly bearing at once attracted his attention. The young officer was halted, and found himself in the presence of General Beauregard. ‘Could you command a battalion?’ said the General to him. ‘If ordered to do so, I think I can,’ was the modest and, at the same time, firm reply. General Beauregard, having now ascertained his name, took him to the battalion of stragglers near by, and, introducing him to the men, said, ‘Here is Colonel Lockett, whom I now place in charge of you. He will lead you to victory, if you only follow him.’ In a loud and earnest cheer they each and all promised to do it, and gallantly redeemed their promise half an hour later.
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