to blame for clinging to his post so long?
No! By all that is just and reasonable, no!
He was perfectly justified in waiting for orders.
He had a right to expect that his safety was looked after.
He naturally thought that there must be a good reason for holding him to his post, or else he would be recalled.
He considered it cowardly to go back withut orders.
He, like all the rest of us, had learned that Col. Dwight would brook no infraction of his commands
, and hence was determined to stick to his post to the last minute.
Nevertheless he sent a messenger to ask for orders and a watch was kept on Davis
' brigade, one of their number getting up at intervals and taking a hurried glance in that direction.
It would have been foolhardy to expose themselves to the fire of sharpshooters longer than absolutely necessary, for by needlessly braving that danger, there would shortly have been no guard left to protect the colors.
's brigade having moved further east, Davis
' men were the only troops from whom Brehm
anticipated any danger; and his intention, no doubt, was, not to let that line get too close before leaving his post, orders or no orders.
But as explained before, Davis
did not move with the rest of the sweeping semicircle, and Price
and his squad came up through the wheat field so stealthily that they were not discovered.
The last time but one that I saw Brehm
, was immediately after he was compelled to surrender his flag.
He followed the captor of his colors to the Confederate
rear and passed near where I lay. Though mortally wounded, he carried his head high, as became the undismayed warrior he was. His eyes were still ablaze with the fire of battle.
He looked neither to the right nor to left.
His gaze was fixed upon his beloved flag.
I was wondering what were then his thoughts.
Was he considering some scheme to attempt the recapture of the lost treasure?
It would be interesting to know how many shots were fired at the Color Sergeant
while making his way across that meadow.
In the end it seems to have been a fragment of a shell that struck him down, if subsequent reports concerning the nature of his wound were correct.
The captor of Brehm
's flag was J. T. Lumpkin
, of Company C, 55th Virginia Regiment.
While he was advancing with his