‘Tam you, I hung you for a draitor.’
A comrade who witnessed this, retorted: ‘If I were the guard, I would prod you with the bayonet, for tantalizing an unfortunate man with a rope around his neck.’
By a curious coincidence, the German
's captain had been the judge advocate
in the court martial of this prisoner who bore the rope, a convicted deserter; and when at night, the train having halted near Poolesville
, the question arose among the powers that were, as to who should be the man's executioner on the morrow, the judge advocate
is reported to have said that he had a man in his company for any duty that might be required, and that he would furnish a hangman.
And sure enough, the next day the German was detailed to launch into eternity the man at whom he was jeering the day before.
We remember seeing Snyder
return to his camp from the fatal tree, with a bunch of rope in one hand and a canteen in the other, and we remember a chorus of tongues asking, ‘Well, Snyder
, did you get your fee?’
and the same chorus uttering a deep groan.
's mould was of a cast too phlegmatic to be warped in the least by such demonstrations.
‘I hung my vater, if he vas a draitor,’ said the Teuton.
On the night of the 14th, Gen. Hunter
had reached Harper's Ferry
, on his return through the Kanawha
region, from his memorable raid, to Lynchburg
He received orders from Gen. Wright
to join the latter at Leesburg
, for Wright
had been given, ‘supreme command of all troops moving out against the enemy, regardless of the rank of other commanders.’
Yet, on the 15th, the lieutenant general declared to Gen. Halleck
: ‘There can be no use in Wright
's following the enemy, with the latter a day ahead, after he has passed entirely beyond all our communications.
I want, if possible, to get the Sixth and Nineteenth Corps here, to use them here, before the enemy can get Early
back (to Petersburg
). As soon as the enemy is known to have passed Hunter
's forces, recall Wright
and send him back here with all despatch, and also send the Nineteenth Corps.’
Early was now at Leesburg
; Gen. Hunter
, immediately upon receiving Gen. Wright
's notification, had despatched infantry and cavalry, some 9,000 men under Mulligan
, eastward toward that place; this was on the morning of the 15th.