fife and drum corps brought up the rear, droning out the “Rogue's march.”
He was sure of being hooted and jeered at throughout the whole camp.
There were no restraints put upon the language of his recent associates, and their vocabularies were worked up to their full capacity in reviling him. After he had been thoroughly shown off to the entire command, he was marched outside the lines and set free.
This whole performance may seem at first thought a very light punishment for so grave an offence, and an easy escape from the service for such men. But it was considered a most disgraceful punishment.
No man liked to be called a coward
, much less to be turned out of the army in that disreputable way, and the facts recorded on his regimental roll side by side with the honorable record of his fellows.
He was liable to the death penalty if found in camp afterwards.
Many more men deserved this punishment than ever received it. There were very few soldiers put out of the service by this method.
Sometimes an officer was assaulted by a private soldier or threatened by him. For all such offences soldiers were tried by court-martial, and sentenced to the guard-house
Tied up by the thumbs.|
or to hard labor at the Rip Raps
or the Dry Tortugas
, with loss of pay; or to wear a ball and chain attached to their ankles for a stated period.
These offences were often committed under the influence of liquor, but frequently through temper