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[Viii.]

near the battle-field on Jones' Farm, October 6, 1864.
1 As I was advancing in the charge last Friday, I crossed a soldier kneeling over his dying brother, indifferent to his own great danger from the whistling bullets as he watched the gaspings of his dear one. He looked up into my face as I approached and said, ‘General may I stay with my brother—see he has been shot, I am no straggler.’ I replied, ‘I know what it is to lose a brother under similar circumstances, and I havn't the heart to order you forward. But your brother is shot through the head and is insensible—you can do him no good and you know the general orders, we have an ambulance corps for such cases.’ Not another word was spoken, and I moved on. That brave man soon afterwards seized his gun, left his dying brother, and as he passed me he said: ‘Here I am, general, I have thought over what you said and I am going to the front.’ He did go gallantly forward, and I have not been able to learn his name, though he belongs to the Seventh regiment. * * *


1 See Southern Historical Society Papers, page 355.—History of Lane's North Carolina brigade.

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