vacancy in this regiment.”
We came out next day and in fair shape executed the movement.
Many incidents occurred at Camp Benton that are pleasant to recall.
We were in a country where there were many slaves, all anxious to serve our officers, and nearly every day some citizen would come into camp hunting for his runaway negro.
One day a man came to the colonel and was sure one of his negroes was in our camp.
sent for Sergeant McGinnis
of Company K and ordered him to assist in the search.
By the look the colonel gave McGinnis
it was understood that the slave was not to be found.
went into the woods with the man. As soon as they were out of sight he halted and cut a switch.
, “do you suppose we left Massachusetts
and came out here to hunt negroes?”
and to add force to his argument he touched the old fellow up with the switch.
The man was indignant and said he would report McGinnis
to the colonel.
“Go ahead and I will go with you.”
Both went to the colonel, and the citizen told his story with tears in his eyes.
turned to McGinnis
and said, “Sergeant McGinnis
, is this true?”
, do you think I would be seen
doing such a thing?”
was the reply.
“No,” said the colonel; “Sergeant McGinnis
is a man of truth and I must take his word.
You have deceived me, sir; leave this camp and never enter it again.”
The man, fearing McGinnis
might get another chance at him, left as quickly as possible.
Here is another instance of the ready wit of a soldier.
We had in Company A an Irishman, who was one day detailed for headquarters guard.
The night was dark and rainy and the morning found Mike, pacing his beat in front