An Incident of the late battle.
Among the many incidents of Saturday's battle on the Chickahominy
was a young naval officer named H. E. McDuffie
, a native of Maryland
, and recently from Louisiana
; his gay uniform contrasted conspicuously with the cartridge box and musket which he used effectively, the latter was soon exchanged for the Minnie
of a Yankee victim.
While loading he was attacked by a Captain and a private of the 96th New York, but promptly drawing his revolver, the Captain
‘"I surrender,"’ and the other fled for safety.--‘"Give me your sword,"’ said the young son of Neptune
offered it, but ‘"the reefer,"’ not liking the position, said, ‘"Take the point in your hand, and give me the handle, sir."’ This demand was complied with, and the N. Y. S. M. Captain
was led off a captive, and delivered over to the proper officers at the hospital, where the ‘ "salt"’ remained all night doing excellent service, with Dr. Parke
and the committee, consisting of Messrs. Haxall
, and others, by sending the wounded to town.
Bravery and self-sacrifice like this should not pass unnoticed, but should be emulated by many of our own citizens, who lay back like drones in the hive of industry, when all should be activity and life.