General Hindman will be found interesting:
Headq'rs 1st Corts, Traks-Mississippi
Soldiers.: From the commencement to the end of the battle bear constantly in mind what I now impress upon you:
Army, in the field, Dec. 4. 1863.
- 1. Never fire because your comrades do, nor because the enemy does, nor because you happen to see the enemy, nor for the sake of firing rapidly. Always wait until you are certainly within the range of your guns, then single out your man, take deliberate aim, as low down as the knee, and fire
- 2. When occasion offers, be certain to pick off the enemy's officers, especially the mounted ones, and to kill his artillery horses.
- 3. Don't shout except when you charge the enemy — as a general thing keep silent, that orders may be heard. Obey the orders of your officers, but pay no attention to idle rumors, on the word of unauthorized persons.
- 4.Don't stop with your wounded comrade; the surgeons and infirmary corps will take care of him; do you go forward and avenge him
- 5. Don't break ranks to planter; if we whip the enemy, all he has will be ours; if not, the spoils will be of no benefit to us. Plunderers and stragglers will be put to death on the spot. File closers are especially charged with this duty. The cavalry in rear will likewise attend to it.